"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
The sweet thing about Rewrite Beautiful Street Art is that anybody can do it! Yes, we do take the Rewrite Beautiful curriculum into schools for young girls to hear our message about what BEAUTIFUL truly is; but just as well any girl can simply take pictures of her friends and "Rewrite Beautiful" for them. We do encourage you to post your Rewrite Beautiful Street Art somewhere visible in your community, take a picture of it and then send it in to us via email. However, there are some super cute rule breakers out there who send us their Street Art via snail mail with no pics! Ha! No sweat, we love Rule Breakers! You girls and guys are our favs! We're just glad you stepped up and REWROTE BEAUTIFUL!I mean for real.... we're trying to REVOLUTIONIZE the word BEAUTIFUL.... we aren't exactly girls that run along with the pack. We're the messy black sheep with green and purple paint on our fur and we're proud of it!
So the point of this post.... gettin' there... So I get these two BEAUTIFUL pieces of Rewrite Beautiful Street Art in the mail from the BEAUTIFUL Street Artist: Kjerstin in Newport Beach, CA
I take a look at these BEAUTIFUL women, the BEAUTIFUL words and I'm taken back by them. They are BEAUTIFUL....I start to wonder "where am I going to put this Street Art where someone can see it? Coffee shop? Tree? High School? College?" All great places, but just none of them seem right. So I did what I always do when I can't figure things out (and I've tried 4 different options) I prayed....I said "God where do you think this Street Art should go? " Ya know what He said... God is so smart! He said, "Dudette! Irvina it's so obvious! Go to the drug store and paste it in the diet ailse! You know where the diet pills, fat burners, laxatives and girls who need Rewrite Beautiful hang out?" Then I said, "Dude! You're so good!"
And so that's exactlly what I did! Check it out!
Yeah, it's a little rebelious.... someone even asked, "Seriously? Can't you get arrested for that? " I said, "I don't think so... I didn't ruin property or anything. I just simply DROPPED some valuable art ;) And honestly if I was to get arrested and my dad had to come and break me out of jail...they will wish they would have let the cooky artist girl be with her crayons." ... Only my family will get that joke ;) Plain and simply this is where the girls who need to know that BEAUTY is not found in your face, your boobs or your butt... it's found through your creativity, your kindness and your strength.
I hope this post encouraged you guys and gals to Rewrite Beautiful and make some Street Art!
You're BEAUTIFUL! - Irvina
I about choked on my scalding hot latte from Kean when my friend said to me, “Why should I care about those girls with Eating Disorders? That’s not my problem. That’s their parents problem. I adore you Irvina and I will always support everything you do, but I could care less. Don't get me wrong, I think what you're doing is cool, but it’s just not relevant to me.”
I rebutted, (and sort of shrieked) “But, how can you say that?!?! You have a wife and a mom and a sister?”
He said, “Yeah, but their healthy. This doesn’t effect them or me.”
I sighed and out of the corner of my eye I saw my friends beautiful wife in the distance a confident, beautiful woman that knows she has value in all the many facets that make her “beautiful”. And then I sat up in my barstool and said,
“And THAT is exactly why you should care.”
With a smirk he said, “You have the floor my friend.”
I explained, “Imagine if your beautiful wife didn’t think she was so beautiful? What if she was constantly talking about how much she needs to lose weight, asking you to confirm her beauty and was so insecure about her physical appearance that she feared food? What if she wouldn’t eat out at restaurant with all of our friends? What if instead of spending her day rehabilitating people to health she instead obsessed about her waist line and bra size? How would that affect YOUR marriage? How would that affect YOUR life? What if your mom avoided you by constantly making excuses that she had to go to the gym and never shared some chocolate chip cookies with you? How would that affect YOU? And what if growing up one of your sisters refused to eat her breakfast, lunch and dinner? How would that have affected YOUR childhood?”
I have had a handful of people ask if REWRITE BEAUTIFUL is a religious organization I say, “Well, yes and no.” We did not file as a church or religious organization because we want to first and foremost be inclusive not exclusive. We know that Eating Disorders are universal and we want the ability to REWRITE BEAUTIFUL to be pen to everyone and anyone. But, the yes comes in where we believe that every human being is a unique creation. Every woman on this earth is someone’s daughter, someone’s sister, someone’s mommy, someone’s aunt and someone’s friend and REWRITE BEAUTIFUL knows that a girl with an Eating Disorder can’t be the unique girl she was created to be while she has a gnarly diseases taking her down.
So if you wonder, “Why should I care about THOSE GIRLS?” I ask that you think about a girl you absolutely adore...A girl who makes you smile....whose laugh is contagious... and imagine that girl present in body, but dead in spirit and I think you’ll have your answer. This is the girl I think about...
Her name is Ever. Ever played a huge part in establishing REWRITE BEAUTIFUL in that she helped the vision for it to actually take place...I used to rock her to bed when she was a newborn baby. I would look at her, this tiny person who was happy, serene and playing with my hair (when she was supposed to be falling asleep) and I just knew that I didn't want her to ever believe that she was anything less than beautiful. It's because of Ever, that I care about THOSE GIRLS? How about you? Who do you want to REWRITE BEAUTIFUL for? I look forward to hearing...
Kiss, Paint, Create!
It's an exciting and eye opening thing telling people about the REWRITE BEAUIFUL Street Art Project. When people ask, I usually press the play button on the Mission Statement and say, "Just because Street Art isn't in a gallery doesn't mean it isn't valuable and equally just because a woman doesn't look like a magazine cover doesn't mean she isn't beautiful" The usual response is "Wow! That's so controversial!" , "How cutting edge!" or "God bless you!" I mean, the vision for REWRITE BEAUTIFUL came from knowning a CHANGE needed to be made in the definition of women's beauty and Eating Disorders have to be stopped, but I guess the sensitive artist in me is sad to hear how bad it really is. How far out this simple idea of restoring beauty in women really is and that this mission is going to be a challenging one. I question, "At the end of the day will women really believe that they are worthy outside of their appearance?" "
Then I go and teach an Art Class and I'm given a good dose of HOPE. While I'm passing out oil pastels my four year old student Ayden, put his hand over mine and said:
"I love you REWRITE BEAUTIFUL Woman!"
I said, "Oh is that so? Tell me, why do you love me? "
He said, "Because you help me with my work!"
Curious I said, "Who else do you love?"
Ayden: "My mommy!"
Ayden: "Because she plays with me!"
Me: "Who else do you love?"
Ayden: "My daddy!"
Ayden: "Because he gives me hugs!"
Me: "I love you too Ayden :) "
Today I was reminded by a four year old that deep down, in the core of ALL OF OUR SOULS we love eachother not because we're pretty, but because of the way we treat eachother. We love our teachers because they're kind, not because they're pretty. We love our mommy's because we know they care about us and play with us, not because they're pretty. And we love our daddy's because they make time for us and show affection, not because he has nice pecks.... On that note, as one of my favorite mentors from Furniture From Home would say, "Back to work!"
xoxo - REWRITE BEAUTIFUL Woman
I gotta say there is nothing like coming home from a long day of brainstorming ways to prevent girls from developing Eating Disorders like Anorexia and Bulimia and then to log-in to facebook and see REWRITE BEAUTIFUL street art posted on the REWRITE BEAUTIFUL facebook page. It's like a cute guy asking for your number, just 100 times better and with a 1000 more endorphins running through your body! Dudes and dudettes we are totally gonna change the world and the word beautiful! Rock on and Create on!
REWRITE BEAUTIFUL Woman
Yesterday, I was preventing Eating Disorders by having a meeting with a some very cool peeps when one of them said, “What is street art? It’s like chalk on the sidewalk right?” I thought maybe some other dudes and dudettes might be a tad confused too so I thought I’d give ya’ll the lowdown...
Street Art: Is the art formerly known as: Any kind of art someone creates and leaves in a public place for people to see and enjoy.
Street Art can be chalk on a sidewalk....
Street Art can be Paper on an Apartment Building (that turns out to be a game that looks like Pac Man)...
Street Art can be paint on the sidewalk (that turns into a cartoon)...
Street Art can be painting on buildings...
The controversial thing about Street Art is that it goes against the grain of what we are taught to think "art" is. In the art world you are considered to be successful if everyone knows your name, your art hangs in a gallery and is appraised for thousands if not millions of dollars. Street Artist stand for the opposite. They believe they don’t have to wait to be accepted into a museum to be considered a real artist. They don’t have to have a curator appraise their works value. They create art for the purpose of sharing it with the public. Plus, they charge no admission price and you can eat ice cream when you look at the art. Heck yeah!
The reason Street Art goes with REWRITE BEAUTIFUL is that when it comes to “Rewriting Beauty” we are also going against the grain. We believe that to be beautiful you don’t have to wait to look like a model in a magazine ad. To be beautiful you don’t have to be a certain size. To be beautiful you just have to look at yourself and see the beauty that’s already there. That’s why we are encouraging people to take a picture of a woman they believe is beautiful for who she is. Write down all the traits about her that make her beautiful and then post it in a public area. It’s an empowering way for all individuals to say, “We’re not waiting for you to say we’re beautiful, we’re saying it and putting it out there in physical form.”
REWRITE BEAUTIFUL is preventing and stopping Eating Disorders. It is our hope that when people see REWRITE BEAUTIFUL Street Art they are inspired to also believe that a woman is beautiful because of who she is, who she loves and who she helps. Anorexia, Bulimia and Compulsive Overeating are horrific diseases that are showing up all over the world at alarming rates in girls as young as 5 years old. Be apart of CHANGING how women see beauty in themselves and REWRITE BEAUTIFUL. Click here to find out how.
REWRITE BEAUTIFUL doesn't care how you define art or beauty. Just because art isn't in a gallery doesn't mean it isn't valuable and just because a woman isn't in a magazine doesn't mean she isn't beautiful. We stop Eating Disorders with Street Art!