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Helping Girls Feel Pretty Smart About The Body They're In!

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Pretty Smart is a talk for teen girls to help them see through images coming after them – online, through their ‘feed’ and around them.

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  Auckland

Smartphones are infiltrating young minds with thousands of manipulated, Facetuned, tweaked, tanned, and toned images that are not helping body image and self-esteem. Perfected images that don’t celebrate our differences but reflect too much of the same. It’s vital we raise confident girls in Aotearoa and give them tools to survive in the social media jungle they are growing up in. Pretty Smart is raising funds to reach 8000 girls this year around New Zealand.

Why?

Because girls are taking their Snap Chat filtered images to plastic surgeons asking to look the same, filtered way, and there is a greater divide between their online self and who they are in the real world. Because there is high levels of depression, anxiety, cutting, substance abuse and disordered eating. Because more than half our young people are worried about body image (still in 2019) and plenty of girls are more concerned about appearance than how they’re doing in math.

That’s a lot of worry!

But studies show that if teens are taught how to see through imagery they are less affected by it.

The Pretty Smart talk focuses on one aspect of confidence – helping girls feel comfortable in the skin and bodies they’re in – and break down the myths in the media and beauty industries. Plus it gives them some tools to be kind to themselves, and others, and judge less on appearance.

We’ve been talking about body image and Photoshop since the 90s, and you would hope this talk wasn’t needed now. Yet women spend more on beauty than education. Thanks to the globalisation of messaging, young girls in India and Africa are lathering their faces and bodies in acidic skin-whitening creams in the hopes of looking lighter. While in the western world we do the same with fake tanning creams. We’re spending energy trying to fix how we look as if it’s something wrong. Too young. Too old. Too black. Too white. Too fat. Too thin.

So much energy is going into something we can’t ultimately change. We can change our words, our actions, and our thoughts but we can’t fundamentally change our appearance. Not really.

Pretty Smart helps girls link arms and question the industries coming after them, rather than question themselves. It’s important to teach our young wahine to be able to see through it and stand tall in the bodies they’re in.

Pretty Smart wants to raise warriors, not worriers!

Use of funds

Funds will be spent on transportation to towns outside of Auckland - a mix of petrol or flights and accommodation when not staying with friends/family.

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  • Louis

    Louis on 26 May 2019

    $100

    Such a great cause to contribute to. This is a great way to help open their eyes a little bit more to the misleading and false claims out there in social media. Keep up the great work and we hope to see you go far with this!

    $100

  • Shaun

    Shaun on 26 May 2019

    $50

    Wishing pretty smart every success

    $50

  • Private Donor

    Private Donor on 26 May 2019

    $25

    $25

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 25 May 2019

    $20

    $20


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