On October 14, 2014, UPB hosted Selfie-Esteem, a night devoted to raising self-esteem and teaching students the value of recognizing their inner beauty. The event began with statistics based upon actual Illinois State University students. Statistics showed that half of female students during their stay at ISU will be on a least one diet (In fear of the freshmen 15), and 7% of those girls will go on to develop an eating disorder. Not only do these statistics reflect ISU`s campus, but college campuses nationwide. In response to this dilemma, this event brought to light how health is more important than being super thin, and that starts with a healthy mindset and self-acceptance.
Inspired by Dove`s selfie project UPB had students take selfies of themselves and send them in, the photos were then posted all throughout the event space, and guests, including myself, were then invited to come write comments on individuals pictures. The reason? To show people what outside forces actually think of them, and the comments were all positive “You’re beautiful” or “I love your smile”, to name a few. It was amazing to see such a huge group of people sharing positivity and encouraging self-love.
Throughout our campus, there are those with incredibly low self-esteem, this often leads to eating disorders, difficulty engaging with peers, and depression. Together we should share positivity, because everyone is beautiful in their own way. Take a step back from what you see all over TV and magazines because while Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé are beautiful women, this does make you any less worthy because you do not look like them. Love yourself for what you are, flaws and all. Because a great woman once said “No one can make you feel inferior, unless you let them.”