A new project is empowering young girls from all different cultures by helping them to redefine what beauty means today. , a digital platform by community group Sisterhood, aims to use the power of storytelling to rewrite traditional beauty narratives, and allow teenagers to focus on who they are and what they can achieve, rather than how they look. Amen to that.
Sisterhood is a creative community on a mission to support and build confidence in young women through programmes such as We Recognise. They collaborated with students from School 21 in Stratford, East London, for this powerful new project, collecting their stories, discussing the issues they face and finding out what beauty means to them. And the girls’ stories are truly inspirational.
“I embrace my culture by using my talent of dance, as it is what gives me confidence and that confidence given to me through dance helps me embrace my natural beauty and take care of myself.” – Daisy
“One thing I love is my smile because it makes everyone smile too. My culture helps me to look at myself in a positive way when I see it represented and celebrated in the media. Natural beauty to me is waking up in the morning, being myself and not overthinking too much about how you look but thinking about how I feel and how I want to make others feel.” – Tasnia, 16.
“Natural beauty to me is so many different things! Someone who is kind, someone who spreads positive thinking and care is beautiful. Someone who embraces their flaws and loves themselves for everything they are is beautiful. Someone who celebrates their culture and integrates that into who they are as a person is beautiful. I believe there is no set limit to beauty, everyone has something beautiful and unique about themselves.” – Divaina
In a world where women are so often presented with very narrow definitions of the beauty ‘ideal’, it’s really refreshing to see different voices and cultures represented in such a positive, empowering way.
We Recognise will launch with an event in London on 12 September.