Welcome to This is Beauty, a new campaign that brings to life one of The Body Positive’s most fundamental messages: beauty is not a single image, but the active embodiment and celebration of the self. Through videos, photographs, poems, and stories, our gallery invites individuals to participate in the radical reimagining of what beauty is, where it can be found, and how each of us can welcome it into our lives.
This is Beauty opposes the messages about beauty we are offered, such as the belief that there is a finite amount of beauty in the world, that beauty is only for the very young, slender, and sculpted bodies found on magazine covers, or that beauty is something bestowed upon us by an “expert.”
Inhabiting our own beauty gives us a generous confidence that allows us to rest in knowing that we are fundamentally okay. From this place we can see the beauty in others without the distraction of competitive comparisons. Expressing our beauty doesn’t make us conceited and separate from others. Instead, this creative experience of beauty allows us to connect to others on a more intimate level.
In the process of viewing and listening to the varied stories of beauty represented by the people in the art pieces, we hope that everyone will have the opportunity to think, “What is my own beauty?” By opening up this vision of possibility we can become free from the paralysis caused by body hatred, and can take the necessary steps to live fully, resist destructive messages from the world, and pursue attuned self-care independent of socially defined ideas about beauty, health, and identity.
A dynamic presentation of diverse declarations of beauty, This is Beauty is not only a home for empowering self-expression, but a source of inspiration and support for those on their journey towards a life of self-love and self-celebration.
If you are interested in participating in This is Beauty, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.