WHY HAS THIS PROGRAMME BEEN DEVELOPED?
Over 60% of girls avoid certain activities because they feel bad about their looks.
19 % won’t try out for a team or club.
23 % won’t go to the beach or pool.
13 % won’t give an opinion.
15 % won’t go to school.
63 % of girls would rather be a men’s magazine model than a doctor, teacher or nurse.
– The Future Foundation
By the time they reach adulthood, 95% of women are dissatisfied with their bodies and 7/10 girls have been on a diet.
– Deanne Jade / National Centre for Eating Disorders
Girls today see more images of “ideal” beauty through the visual media in one day, than their great grandmother’s did in a life time.
– Dove Real Beauty Campaign
Since participating in the Gorgeousness Programme Lilly respects herself more and this shows with her peer group. She appears more confident with herself and she engages well in group discussions, willing to answer questions and speak out.
Lilly can be easily led at times but I feel she has more strength now to voice her opinion.
Medina Academy, IOW
The original pilot of the Gorgeousness Programme took place on the Isle of Wight where the 2012 Children’s Society Well-being Report showed that teen girl’s body esteem was significantly less than the national average. Those young women who were referred were identified as experiencing low self-esteem, low mood, and depression, victimisation, risk taking behaviour, under achievement and self-harm. Based on findings from the in depth analysis of the programme outcomes, it was concluded that the Gorgeousness Programme enhances resilience, raises self esteem, improves perceptions of body image and body function, effects a demonstrable change in positive self talk, helps participants to move through fear and become more assertive, shifts how women judge themselves, changes the belief that they have to look good to feel good and helps critical thinking skills.
Thanks to the universal principles delivered by the Gorgeousness Programme, anyone who feels that they want to develop a positive relationship with their body would benefit from completing the course.
PLEASE NOTE: The Gorgeousness Programme touches on the subject of self-harm, binge eating and substance misuse in Session Four/Voice. We understand that whilst many children as young as 12 are exposed to these issues through either peer groups or family, some children may not have come across them. We ask that, as a teacher, youth worker or professional, that you are aware of this before purchasing the programme for your school children or service users.
Nearly 10 years ago author, Bethan Christopher, wrote a book called Grow Your Own Gorgeousness. It was a clarion call for women and girls to love their bodies and break away from the narrow definitions of beauty celebrated in our culture. Since that time there has been an explosion of interest in the way the media portrays women’s bodies and the impact this has on girls and women.
Not only does low body confidence plant seeds of life-long anxiety for many people, but it also blunts opportunity, chisels away aspiration and blocks free flow of self expression.
Despite studies on body image and the new popularity of the subject, very few methodologies have been developed to help girls reclaim their bodies and redefine their version of beauty. The Online Gorgeousness Programme has been designed and proven to facilitate both.
* Images of girls on this page are not the girls who gave the testimonials as they asked to be kept anonymous. However, all of the written testimonials that are on this page are from girls who have been through the programme. *