Saturday Spotlight will become a weekly feature where I will spotlight things that I feel should be shared, whether it be a good cause, a website, a resource, a news article, or just another blog post. Sometimes things just need to be shared! :)
WHO THEY ARE:
Lindsay Kite and Lexie Kite are the directors of Beauty Redefined and 28-year-old identical twin sisters with PhDs in the study of media and body image from the University of Utah (’13). They have a passion for helping girls and women recognize and reject harmful messages about their bodies learn to develop body image resilience to move beyond body shame and fixation on appearance to much more important things. Beauty Redefined represents their not-for-profit work through the Beauty Redefined Foundation (501(c)(3)) to take back beauty for girls and women everywhere through continuing the discussion about body image and media literacy through their website (beautyredefined.org), social media, and through regular speaking engagements in both secular and religious settings, from universities and high schools to professional conferences and church congregations for all ages. Their co-authored master’s thesis and complementary doctoral dissertations form the basis for a popular and empowering visual presentation, which Lindsay and Lexie have presented to tens of thousands of people across the U.S. since 2009.
Beauty Redefined is all about rethinking our ideas of “beautiful” and“healthy” that we’ve likely learned from for-profit media that thrives off female insecurity. Girls and women who feel OK about their bodies — meaning they aren’t “disgusted” with them like more than half of women today* – take better care of themselves. With body shame and eating disorders at epidemic levels, this point is crucial!
Beauty Redefined is a wonderful non-profit leading women away from the overhyped body image often inaccurately portrayed in the media. Women are photoshopped, airbrushed, and altered to the point where they look nothing like themselves and by consuming these messages many women (and even men), adolescents and even young girls can start to feel the pressure to look a certain way. The Kite sisters are helping women take a stand against it by introducing the ways you can read these messages in the media and learn what is real and what isn’t.