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By Emily Lauren Dick
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About

Three years ago I started to write a book that could help young women manage their body image issues. I decided that if I was going to write this book it needed to feature photographs of real un-photoshopped young women.

Our current "favourite" for the book cover!
Our current "favourite" for the book cover!

 

In between balancing my many jobs…marketing manager, photographer, wife and mom…I have been bringing this project to life. I’ve completed a beautiful manuscript that focuses on how we learn about body image, how the media profits off of our body dissatisfaction and the issues that result. The book includes responses from over 80 young women who I have had the pleasure of interviewing.

The manuscript includes interesting facts, information and work sheets for young women to complete. I have taken complex information and made it easy for any reader to understand. The fact is that we need young girls to learn about how their body image is linked to things like eating disorders, bullying and sexual harassment so that they can protect themselves and build up their self esteem. We need to teach them about kindness towards ourselves and others. This book is a must have for any girl who feels their body does not fit into society’s standards.

This book is more will be more than just a photography book. It’s a guide, a voice and a creative tool that teaches confidence and self-acceptance. What girl or young woman could not benefit from reading empowering facts and information? The photographic component only reinforces the message that we need to practice self love and we are only going to do this if we change social beauty standards.

Average Girl: A Guide to Loving Your Body
Average Girl: A Guide to Loving Your Body

 

It is so evident that the world needs this book because we are still shocked when we see images of real life beauty. When we see stretch marks, blemishes and bruises we have started to question why they are present…and that is the reason for this book. I want young women to see a representation of themselves in the women that I have photographed. I want them to see that these women are beautiful, just as they are. I want them to see the stretch marks, blemishes and bruises as markers of living their lives to the fullest. I want the conversation about women’s bodies to be focused on all that they have been through, what they can accomplish and what their bodies have done for them.

Some women’s bodies make babies, others can run marathons. Some women’s bodies display their laugh lines and experiences overcome. Our bodies represent the lives we are so blessed to live. Our bodies are all different and yet they are similar.

Average Girl: A Guide to Loving Your Body
Average Girl: A Guide to Loving Your Body

 

Let’s stop focusing on what women need to do to “improve” their bodies so that we can focus on what we get to do in them. Let us teach and help others learn to love the skin they are in.

I called my project Average Girl because personally, I’ve never been a fat girl and I’ve never been a skinny girl…I‘ve always been in the middle…an Average Girl. Our society loves to categorize where we fit and don’t fit so I decided that Average was where we all fit. An Average Girl is any girl who has felt mediocre and who has struggled with not being considered ideal by social standards.

Average: ordinary, common, or normal.

I have studied negative body image, lived it and now I want to change it. Please help me change the conversation and create positive body image. You can do this by helping me get Average Girl: A Guide to Loving your Body come to life in book form!

A must have for any girl or young women growing up today…a perfect gift for your daughter, your friend, your wife, your mother…

How the funds raised will be distributed:

  • Book Designer/Book Format Design/Editor Fees
  • Printing/Ebook/Distribution
  • Shipping
  • Kickstarter Fees

Other ways the funds will be distributed if we exceed our goal:

  • Book Launch
  • Pay makeup artists. Currently most of the makeup services have been donated by artists or has been done by the participants themselves.
  • Print more copies of the book to promote body positivity!!!!
  • Website
  • PR

Thank you for your support! Without you we would not be able to play a role in redefining social body and beauty standards.

Average Girl: A Guide to Loving Your Body
Average Girl: A Guide to Loving Your Body

 

Risks and challenges

The only challenges we foresee would be printing/publishing delays.

We are working fast to complete the photo sessions of the young women featured in the book who are un-photoshopped. We doubt that we will not be able to make our deadlines but we can identify it as a possible deadline issue that could arise.

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