"Rewrite Beautiful was both informative and touching. After the assembly I found that I began to picture myself in a different way rather than just my appearance." – Alyssa, Student, Costa Mesa High School
Teen Mom’s and True Beauty…yep, that’s right!
Helllllllllo beautiful! The following is an article about my visit to Mary's Shelter. I wrote this for my column TRUE BEAUTY in Lifestyle + Charity Magazine. If you don't know what I'm talking about you need to get on it homie! Grab a peppermint mocha and enjoy!
I was recently asked to speak about eating disorders and body image at Mary’s Shelter, a shelter for homeless and pregnant teenage girls in Southern California. Many of the residents there were struggling with eating disorders. Can you imagine how excited these hormonal, pregnant teens were to hear that a pretty, nice, cheerful woman they have never met was coming in to talk to them about their freaky behaviors around food? Yeaaaaaaah…. Exactly, ”Welcome to The Lions Den Irvina!” Just to give you a little background, I’ve worked in an eating disorder rehab with the homeless and with teenagers –And I have come to the conclusion that there is ONE significant thing all of these people have in common…what do you think it is? Are you ready? Are you guessing? It is, they are HUMAN! Yes, ‘THEY’ are exactly like YOU and I. ‘THEY’ have feelings and are actually quite ashamed, scared and frightened of what lies ahead of their lives. Hmmm…maybe kind of like you and I? Considering I had this morsel of knowledge about these girls I’ve never met, I thought back and considered, in the past …
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