The Book: What It's All About
It is time to redefine what it means to be beautiful and embrace what makes us all unique. Over 80 girls talk about the critical issues that affect body image in this new book by Emily Lauren Dick. This inspirational self-help guide is full of interesting facts and information, work sheets and photographs of real girls. A must have for any girl who feels their body does not fit into society’s standards.
Average Girl: A Guide to Loving Your Body is more than a photography book. It’s a guide, a voice, and a creative tool that teaches confidence and self-acceptance. Each photograph features a girl that has been brave enough to help inspire others to embrace their own bodies. Scars, stretch marks, skin rolls, blemishes, bruises and all are bared to see. Every image has been left untouched to display what a realistic female body looks like.
The goal of this project is to make every girl and woman feel beautiful. It’s as simple as that. By photographing happy girls embracing their bodies we can transform typical ways of thinking and begin to celebrate the markers of life…scars, stretch marks, skin rolls, blemishes, bruises and all.
We need to stop accepting overly photoshopped images as normal because frankly these images mess with our minds. They make us believe in some form of unattainable beauty and body ideal. They make young girls and women sick and unhappy, all because the media profits off of our body dissatisfaction. It is time to change this.
I want to see real women in advertisements. I want to see diversity and bodies that have fought, conquered and embraced life. We still live in a society where seeing real images of women is shocking. We need more images of real beauty. We need these images because we are still fighting to feel good in our own skin.
Seeing untouched, real images of women will show readers that they are not alone...that we all are uniquely Average. The images will inspire readers to embrace their bodies and the content will empower them.
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. Average = Normal. It’s normal to have body image issues, thus Average is a place where we can all fit and relate to one another. It’s Average to feel Average.
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.