As a woman, and mother I’ve struggled with my perception of myself and my body. I don’t have to tell you how having a child can change your body, and I have a different relationship with my body since giving birth six years ago. Yeah, I’m a little more self-conscious, and get pretty jealous of the celebrity moms rocking it in their 2 pieces in the magazine. Didn’t they have stretch marks I say? Didn’t their boobs sag afterwards? It’s so strange all throughout my pregnancy my stomach was so smooth, and as soon as I had Lil Mama my stomach told a different story. And let’s not even talk about the boobs!
What is frustrating as a woman and mother to a daughter is how the media portrays beauty. What girls see, what I see is not the reality. There is a perception that beauty should be and is flawless perfection. Eyebrows should be perfectly arched, liner precisely drawn, and beautiful voluptuous curves. These images are splashed in magazines, and in my opinion sharing the wrong image to women and girls about what real beauty is.
The 3 day #KeepItReal concept is amazing. We’re challenges mags to KEEP IT REAL and take the focus off this impractical idea of beauty so girls can have a fun and stress-free summer! So instead of feeling guilty that you can’t fit into the designer 2 piece bikini featured in the latest gossip mag, we are putting pressure on the mags that have such unrealistic views of beauty. The goal of the 3 days is to ask magazines one very reasonable request: to post at least one unphotoshopped image of a model per issue.
How can you get involved? First, download the Keep It Real Toolkit which includes more information and contact info of Magazine Editors we’ll target.
Day One (June 27) was all about tweeting using the #KeepItReal hashtag tweeting to magazines to KEEP IT REAL! I tweeted out to Self Mag & Essence!
Day Two (June 28) is about spreading the #KeepItReal word through blog posts and Facebook, and sharing post url’s to magazines via twitter! Post your own blog or feel free to share this post!
Day Three (June 29) is about capturing real beauty. Get on Instagram and share the image to the left using #KeepItRealChallenge and show the world what REAL beauty looks like to you!! Share the picture via FB and Twitter using the #KeepItReal hashtag! In partnership with Endangered Bodies they’ll be taking the best photo of the day and display it on a billboard in NYC!
Interested? I encourage you to get involved! You can RSVP via their Facebook Event Page. I am committed to helping change the way my daughter grows up and views beauty via these publications. I’ve already got my pictures ready to share via Instagram (follow me: msalexandrav), twitter, and facebook and am excited to be part of this necessary movement!