After experiencing bullying related to their appearance, a group of girls from South Wales have made a film with Fixers to show there’s more to people than the way they look.
Eighteen-year-old Lead Fixer, Emma-Rose Holley, from Newport, says: ‘We wanted to show that you don’t have to wear loads of make-up and dress the same as everyone else to be beautiful.
‘People should accept you for who you are, whether you are big or small. Most girls like to wear make-up because it makes them feel better about themselves, but they don’t need it and they look prettier without it. They need to believe in themselves.’
Their film about body image starts by showing a group of girls getting makeovers, but towards the end we see them taking their make-up off to reveal their natural beauty.
According to research included in the film, women in the UK spend an average of 474 days applying cosmetics throughout their lives, and 90 per cent of girls want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance.
‘Throughout my life I have been bullied about my size and have been called ugly,’ says Emma-Rose.
‘Now that I’m older I wear what makes me feel comfortable and I only use mascara because I don’t like wearing much make-up. I feel better without it.
‘I try not to pay attention to what people say or what they think of me. I am me and I’ll look, dress and be who I want to be.
'I think the film is amazing. It should inspire people to think positively about themselves.’
The group have been asked to talk to school pupils about their project to spread their positive message.
‘I hope the film will show that natural is better and prettier than being fake and judgemental. We should be ourselves and be original.’
Emma-Rose's project was supported by the Wellcome Trust.
You can watch their Fixers film ‘Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover’ above.