Promoting Healthy Body Image

Here at Rue, it’s no secret that we value beauty, confidence, and being yourself. So when we heard about The Harris Center’s 15th Annual Public Forum, Health is Beauty: Defining Ourselves, we jumped at the opportunity to attend. With a star-studded roster (four Rue staffers shown here with Franca Sozzani, center, Italian Vogue Editrix), empowering teen mentors, and engaging personal stories, we couldn’t help but be inspired.

THE EVENT: The Harris Center’s 15th Annual Public Forum, Health is Beauty: Defining Ourselves
WHAT:
An annual public forum focusing on body image and the media.
WHEN:
April 2
WHERE: Harvard University

Dr. Herzog, Director of the Harris Center & internationally renowned expert in the field of eating disorders
“The public is to be informed … Young people are the greatest concern. For the public, there should be more dialogue around the subject. The public needs to take a more active role. Eating disorders are not just a problem of the fashion industry.”

Arianna Huffington, Media Mogul & moderator
The Huffington Post has dedicated a lot of our sections – living, style, and teen – to providing content every day that speaks to this issue. We just launched a tip jar in the office if anyone says anything about their bodies that’s negative. Even if someone says, “You look great, you look like you lost 10 pounds” – while that’s supposed to be a compliment, they still put a dollar in the jar and it supports the mentoring programs. Everything we’re doing is to contribute from the point of view of the media to fight this affliction.”

Franca Sozzani, Editrix of Italian Vogue
“Be an individual and don’t be like everyone else. The mistake is that we’re only casting the same girls. These girls come from Crimea and Romania, all these kind of places. They all look the same. Long legs, blonde hair, and blue eyes. The main problem is that we’re giving an aesthetic code that is the same. I did the “black” issue because all of these girls are like a ghost.”

Doutzen Kroes, Supermodel
“Yes, fashion is about living up to a fantasy. And I believe it needs to stay that way … We just need to accept that we can’t all look like that. We need to be beautiful and individual and embrace that in order to be empowered women.”

The Harris Center is dedicated to Research, Education, and Advocacy in the field of Eating Disorders.

- By Marissa Dubin, Staff Writer

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April 4, 2012