Keynote Speaker: Julia Bluhm
14-year-old Julia Bluhm was sick of hearing her friends hate on their bodies and make comparisons to the impossibly thin, “perfect” ideal in magazines. So she turned her frustration into something big: an online petition asking Seventeen magazine to include one unaltered photo spread each month. Her petition has received more than 80,000 signatures to date. It also got her a meeting with Seventeen’s editor-in-chief. Come and hear Julia’s advice on how to be a body image changemaker.
Panel: Our Voices + Our Experiences = WE are the Media
We have our own stories to tell and we don’t have to sit around waiting for mainstream media to get a clue when it comes to weight and body image issues. These panelists are pros at exposing truths and making noise. Panelists include: Roy Cui, digital retoucher, Gabi Gregg, fashion blogger, Sara Ziff, founder of The Model Alliance, and Lindy West, Jezebel contributing writer. The panel will be moderated by Carolyn Gregoire, Associate Editor of HuffPost Teen.
Discussion: Stamp Out Bodysnarking!
From tabloid headlines to talk on campus, body bullying is everywhere—and it has serious consequences. Join us and get real-life tools to stop the snark.
The Proud2Bme summit will also offer opportunities for fun, hands-on activities (we promise: no yarn, popsicle sticks or macaroni) designed to spark your creativity, connect you with other participants, and inspire you to be a body confidence changemaker!
Closing Remarks: Jenni Schaefer
Jenni Schaefer, author of Life Without Ed and Goodbye Ed, Hello Me, will conclude the Proud2Bme Summit. She brings her personal experience of recovery from an eating disorder and her exceptional talent as a motivational speaker.
Plus, here are just a few of the activity stations we have in the works…
The Body Collage Project
Use art to highlight the difference between reality and Photoshop fantasy! It’s simple, creative, and powerful: together, summit participants will create a giant collage of images from fashion and beauty magazines. Get your photo taken in front of the collage to show the world what real beauty – in all of its sizes, shapes, and colors – looks like.
Photo Booth of Change
What change do YOU want to see? Tell the media what they’re getting wrong –and how they could get it right. Tired of not seeing yourself represented? Step into the “Photo Booth of Change,” and stand up to the media! It’s your chance to demand realistic, truthful images that celebrate ALL young people!
Digital Retouching: “Perfection” Behind the Scenes
You’ve probably heard that magazines Photoshop models, but do you know how it’s really done? A professional digital retoucher will reveal how “flawless” images are created and why you should stop measuring yourself against them.