AAUW encourages proud body image by asking for models


Samantha Hirschman

Samantha Hirschman | Assistant News Editor

Body image is a topic that is rarely discussed on campus. Many people are affected by it and don’t feel comfortable discussing how they feel about their personal image.

Carlee Brown, Secretary of American Association of University Women (AAUW), explains that people need to remember that their body is not what defines them.

The Buena Vista University (BVU) student organization, AAUW, is working with Capture It! to develop a video to inspire the student body to feel more confident in themselves. The video will premiere on April 1. There will also be a gathering for students to talk and play games. The activities will coincide with the video’s message. The games are to help individuals feel more comfortable in their own skin.

“Body image is something that affects the entire campus—men and women. Society places too many expectations on both genders,” Brown said.

She believes that by having students see their peers speak up about how they feel about their own bodies, other individuals will feel more confident in themselves.

The idea is to recreate the campaign that DOVE did. AAUW wants it to be more familiar to BVU. By seeing peers, Brown explains that the hope is to “hit home”. It is one thing to see different sized models in the media saying they are comfortable with their bodies. It is another to see individuals you may know or see every day.

AAUW is asking for men and women to help with this campaign by being a model. Models will dress in a black shirt and jeans. They will have a photograph taken of them holding up a sign with a statistic.

Brown said that twenty people have already signed up, and 7-8 of them are male.

AAUW is looking to have at least another 100 people sign up. Photos will be taken from 6-9 p.m. in Lage on starting Thursday, March 5 through Saturday, March 7.

If you would like more information, please contact Carlee Brown, Brandy Fowler, Bonnie Keller, Kayleigh Stanek, Taylor Daniel, or Atieno Winnie- Kabwe.

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