Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run, has been on a journey for the past two months called the Naked Face Project. I have never met Molly but I admire her. Girls on the Run is a great, positive organization to help girls in 3rd-8th grades know that they don’t have to give into the stereotypes of society. There is a curriculum about positive self image and also coaching so the girls complete a 5k at the end of a 12 week session. I love this organization!
For the Naked Face Project, Molly and another woman have gone 60 days (as of Saturday) with no make-up and only the basics in beauty care. The project has been interesting to observe. It started from the questions that Molly receives from girls about why make-up is necessary as well as other things we expect and just do on a daily basis without thinking much about it most of the time.
For the end of The Naked Face Project, Molly issued this invitation and invited anyone who wanted to to re-post it. Here it is. What will you do to support an 8 year old girl?
From Molly Barker:
To show my support of all the spirited, courageous and brilliant 8 year old girls of the world (including the spirited, courageous and brilliant one who lives in me), I am going to participate in the “Naked Face Project Celebration” for one entire day– March 31st. I do this as a symbolic gesture…to bring attention to a broader, bigger, fuller, more empowered view of girls/women than is frequently portrayed in the media, our culture and society . I want the world to see just how beautiful, strong, confident and connected girls and women can be and really ARE…everyone of us, no matter our age, our ethnicity, where we live in the world or our upbringing. We are all beautiful, strong and remarkable in our own unique way!
I am choosing to participate in the Naked Face Project Celebration as a way to honor the strength, confidence, authenticity, wonder and beauty of all the amazing 8 year old girls in the world (and the one who still lives in me) by doing one or more of the following on March 31st!
- Post a profile pic of myself on Facebook, Twitter or some other social media website, Naked Faced.
- Write about it on my blog.
- Invite all my friends and colleagues to participate.
- Write a letter (or post on their website) to a magazine or television network and let them know you’d like to see more positive messages about girls and women in their publications and on their airwaves.
- Take an 8 year old out to dinner and tell her how beautiful and amazing she is.
- Take an 80 year old out to dinner and tell her how beautiful and amazing she is.
- Send a thank you card to my mother for all she means to me.
- Send a thank you card to my daughter for all she means to me.
- Watch shows that portray women and girls in a positive light. (This means turning off most reality television.)
- Put away all pop-culture magazines that make fun of or judge women (including celebrities, they are after all girls and women too!) based on their appearance, and find something else to read that shows how strong women and girls really are.
- Write a letter to a woman in politics and thank her for her service. (For full effect, write someone who runs for office on the party ticket…you are NOT a member of.)
- Volunteer somewhere.
- Go for a run.
- Post an Operation Beautiful Sticky note. (www.operationbeautiful.com)
- Take an hour to just be alone and be quiet.
- Practice yoga.
- Do some kind of sport I have never done, but always wanted to.
- Lift some weights.
- Wear a costume for no reason.
- Admit, at last, that I’ve been wanting to run for political office and do something about it.
- Cook a great meal and eat it with your family on the floor of your living room, picnic style.
- Have a sleepover.
- Research girls’ empowerment programs and reach out to set up time to volunteer. (Girls on the Run, Girl Scouts, Girls, Inc, to name a few.)
- Write a letter to my younger self and post it on my refrigerator.
- Skip somewhere.
- Do something outside my comfort zone.
- Smile really big at everyone I pass today.
- Dance and sing really loudly in the car. (Windows down for full effect.)
- Make a card for someone and deliver it personally.
What have I missed? What else should be on this list? Please keep your remarks to a G rating…as there may be a lot of awesome, fabulous young girls who visit here as well!