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Posted On: 23rd Apr 2015

Boosting Self-Confidence

Fixer Keeley Wilcox
On set at the Fixers film shoot
A group of women participate in the Fixers film shoot

Keen to help other young women overcome their insecurities, Keeley Wilcox wants to empower them to be confident in who they are.

The 26-year-old from Croydon was diagnosed with an eating disorder two years ago, which she says turned her life upside down.

‘I had become a victim of trying to fit the image of an ‘ideal’ woman and completely lost myself,’ Keeley explains.

‘I was jeopardising my health.

‘On my journey to recovery, I became very open about how ill I’d become due to an obsession with my image.

‘I realised that regardless of age, race or profession, females are united in the pressures they feel to be or look a certain way.’

With Fixers, Keeley has helped create a short film featuring women from her community. They openly share their thoughts and feelings on success and insecurities.

Watch Keeley’s Fixers film ‘What is Perfect?’ at the top of this page.

‘I can’t believe how moving the film is,’ she says.

‘I’m shocked at how candid the participants were.

‘I’m proud of all involved and touched that they wanted to be a part of it.’

Keeley hopes that women who watch the film will feel reassured, understanding that they are not alone.

She plans to run workshops in schools, social clubs and youth groups to promote positive body image and help women find the self-esteem needed to achieve their dreams.

‘I want to encourage females to be nicer to each other and to achieve what they want in life, regardless of their weight or image,’ Keeley adds.

‘I also want to raise the aspirations of young women so they don't feel they have to conform to a stereotype.

‘They can be whoever they want to be.’

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Also promoting positive ideas of body image, Shannon Finan encourages
young people to love the way they look. Watch her Fixers film.

 

Author: Meraid Griffin

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