Another great and meaningful project that Kynd is participating in. This year it’s all about Grace Mateo’s mmp project...
Look out for my contribution soon which was sent to me from Grace in brooklyn a few weeks ago. Still in the making, however i’m excited to share my take on the project with you when it’s done!
Its a great cause and worthy of your support! Please read below and make sure to check out her blog http://makemeprettyproject.blogspot.com/ on this spectacular project that she put together with her blood, sweat and tears.
Hello all and welcome to the Make Me Pretty project! My name is Grace and I am a 30 year old Brooklyn artist. I thought I'd start by giving a little background on the project, my goals, and how you can get involved.
As a result of life experience coupled with my studies I have created the Make Me Pretty project meant to promote self-acceptance and healthy body image among female adolescents. I will discuss with New York City high school students how diverse factors – family, gender, the media, etc. – influence their perceptions of beauty. The young women will be asked to “make over” unedited photographs of women using an array of art supplies. During the duration of this project I will be working with the young women, doing research for the final book, as well as designing and printing the final book. The Make Me Pretty book will contain information on the meaning of beauty, how the media and society has affected body image, my initial photographs, the transformed images by the adolescents and their opinions on beauty, information on healthy body image, as well as activities such as images for readers to “make over.” All funding for the project will be used for printing posters for the teens to work on, art supplies for the “make over” process, and the final printed materials. Project proceeds above costs will go towards an interactive exhibition and be donated to The National Eating Disorders Association.
In The National Eating Disorders Association 2005 Statistics Report it states that in the United States alone 10 million women have eating disorders. 80% of American women are dissatisfied with their appearance. And, 40% of those who are newly diagnosed are between the ages of 15 and 19. Female adolescents are very impressionable: they are conflicted over their own views versus those imposed upon them. I hope to help young women understand the root of what beauty means to them in order to discover self acceptance.
Now, that you know more about the project here are a few ways you can help out:
- Donate! Donations are needed and greatly appreciated; money helps fund printing of posters, material fees, and final printing costs. Stay tuned for the Kickstarter.com page and see what kinds of awesome gifts you can receive for you generous donation. Every donation counts! And, remember all proceeds above costs will be donated to The National Eating Disorders Association. Can't wait? Well, all you have to do is contact me about how you can donate today!
- Model! That's right, I want your face! Ok, that was a little creepy. I want to use your face for a template to be transformed. Every face is unique and the more faces to work with the better. You can contact me about getting a non-nude, head and shoulder portrait or the requirements and release form to submit if you live outside of New York City.
- Sponsor! Are you a makeup company or an art supply company? You've got materials and I need them. Become a sponsor and your company will be noted here on the Make Me Pretty Blog and in the final printed Make Me Pretty book. Not only will you be helping the arts but you'll be helping teenage girls find the self esteem they need to be healthy minded.
- Give a Makeover! Are you between the ages of 15 and 19? With permission from your legal guardian you can become part of the project. If you are under 18 years of age please have an adult contact me for more information and a release form.
- Volunteer! Have extra time and want to do something rewarding? Go to the National Eating Disorders Association website (http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org) and see how you can help make a difference!
Thank you for taking the time to read through and I hope that together we can make a difference. Please feel free to contact me for further information about the project, how to participate, and how to donate.
I will continue to post progress made with the project and information about body image health, as well as interesting articles and events. Thanks again!
We are all unique and that is what makes us beautiful!