Our May-June issue brims with girls who are beautiful being themselves. Each is different in how she experiences her beauty in the world. That’s our goal with the annual Beautiful Girls issue. Above all we want to help girls resist the #BeautyBeast by recognizing and appreciating their unique beauty. This is our 19th year of Beautiful Girls issues!
You may wonder why we even talk about beauty at all with our members. We do it to build resistance to the ever-present oppression of popular beauty culture. For example, they see peers and adults all around them trying to alter their appearance. And doing it in dangerous ways like restricting food or having surgery. This is all in the name of “perfecting themselves” by fitting the current cultural definition of beautiful.
We make this special issue every year to give girls a refuge from the #BeautyBeast pressure. As a result, this strengthens their sense of how they’re beautiful without alteration or perfectionism.
Likewise, as you page through the magazine you’ll find many ways for girls, parents and other adult allies to strengthen their resistance to the #BeautyBeast.
I made a short video with more ideas for building her awareness of the beauty that she, and all of us, have as ourselves.
How do you help girls resist the #BeautyBeast?
Email me with your experience and what works for the girls you love. I look forward to hearing from you!