Not only is Bianca an Average Girl from Canada (like me!) she has also started a her initiative at the young age of only seventeen. She sure is taking her own advice by believing in herself enough to help make this world a better place for girls growing up! Keep up the great work!
Here is her story:
Hello my wonderful Average Girls! My name is Bianca, I'm 17 years old, and I'm just like you. Yes, I too wake up every day, I go to school, I do that impossible math test... I also feel the same pressure to look perfect. I, like so many other girls, was trapped in the never ending cycle of paranoia and self-hate. Growing up I was quite overweight and I was teased because of it, I tried my best to lose weight but I was constantly comparing myself to the photos I'd see on pro-ana and pro-mia sites and I could never measure up. I did lose quite a lot of weight however, and I thought that when I was skinny I'd be happy. But, the truth was I was miserable. I kept finding other things about myself that I didn't think were "pretty" or "perfect"... The more things I "fixed" the sadder I got and I thought, I don't any teen girl to ever feel this way about themselves.
This led me to create One Silver Lining. One Silver Lining is a non-profit organization aimed at teen girls to promote positive body image while raising awareness about eating disorders. Through my research it amazed me to find that 46% of 9-11 year olds report that they often go on diets... When you're 9 you're in grade 3! Who's telling someone in grade 3 that they need to be skinnier? My hope is that through One Silver Lining, girls will grow up in an environment where they know just how stunning, amazing and awesome they truly are!
One way I'm trying to do that is through the (Be)lieve in (You)rself campaign. It's a photo campaign spread through social networks like Facebook and Twitter of teens holding up signs with positive and motivational messages on them. I can't tell you how many times I've seen girls post photos where the caption says something about how bad they look, so by focusing on spreading these photos through social media its a way to encourage girls to start seeing themselves in a new, more positive light. We started this campaign with a photoshoot of just 12 girls but since then we've expanded to accepting submissions from teen girls (and boys!) who have something a message they want to spread! If you want to get involved with the campaign just post a photo of yourself holding your sign on the One Silver Lining Facebook page.
I know we girls are surrounded by people telling us we're not good enough, but my dream is to show every girl that no matter how bad things may seem, there is always something good to be found. So if you look in the mirror everyday and you hate what you see, I want you to put that aside for a moment and find one thing you love. Maybe at first its just one but then it may be two or three and before you know it you'll find a million reasons why you're beautiful. But it all starts with one, and if you can find that One Silver Lining in everything you do, then you will never be disillusioned.
One Silver Lining Founder