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Posted On: 6th Nov 2018

Body Image Barriers

Lanai Collis-Phillips
The group want people to embrace who they are!
A still from Lanai's film

A group of young women are challenging society’s perception on body image and encouraging young people to embrace who they are not conform to societal pressure.

 

Lanai Collis-Phillips, 17, led the group in their campaign to empower other young people.

 

‘I want young people to know that the ‘perfect’ the media portrays is photoshopped, edited, or surgically enhanced. It isn’t naturally possible and if you get it you might still not be happy,’ explained Lanai, from Ipswich. ‘Body image is definitely something that is very sensitive; it’s good to encourage others to feel empowered.’

 

The group teamed up with Fixers and made a film which uses spoken word poetry to highlight the importance of being yourself, they have also designed a poster to distribute among local organisations and share via social media.  

 

The poem is based on a 15-year-old character named Astra, an amalgamation of all the young women in the group.

 

Lanai added: ‘We have all had our own experiences with lots of different issues, we brought all of our stories into one character. We used broken verse (poetry) to take her through adolescence. Everyone is Astra.’

 

 

Growing up as a young black girl, Lanai felt her race wasn’t represented in the media she consumed.

 

‘As a black female, it was really difficult not having many role models that weren’t white and blonde,’ explained Lanai.

 

To view their poster click on the image below.

 

 

A study conducted by DailyMail revealed nine out of 10 teenage girls are unhappy with their body, with mothers appearing to be responsible for passing on their own insecurities, a new survey shows.

 

Only 8 per cent of the 2,000 girls questioned for the poll said they were "happy" with their appearance, while 87 per cent said they were "unhappy".

 

‘By worrying about body image you are doing exactly what a patriarchal society wants you to do,’ Lanai explained.

 

‘There is so much more to someone than what they look like.’

 

This project was supported by The Tampon Tax Fund distributed by The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

 

The poster was funded by Suffolk CF.

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

 

Author: Ashleigh Wilmot

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