If you haven't checked out Kristin's post, please do so. She was inspired by a post by Steph Bower and spoke out (loudly and perfectly) about body image and how it affects teen girls. Seriously, it was amazing and so true. It didn't just resonate with her, but many other YA writers started to get on bored. You can start reading their views here and here and here. Check their comments. They will lead you on a crumb trail towards more and more authors who decided to also speak out about body image.
Body image was always (always!) an issue to me growing up, and I wish it hadn't been. It's sad that there are so many factors around kids that send them messages that they aren't pretty enough, thin enough, good enough...just not enough. I looked back at an old diary and found that even my writing when I was young (like 10 years old) reflected body image and being pretty:
"One day there was a girl. Everyone thought she was ugly. So she got her hair cut. The first day of school she wore lipstick and bracelets and earrings. No one knew who she was so she told them. They all wanted to be here friend, but she said, "No, you made fun of me." But this one girl asked if she would be her friend. "Yes, because you didn't make fun of me." They became best friends! The end."
Luckily, these days I know that life isn't about wearing lipsticks, bracelets and earrings. Life is about being happy with who you are, and you know something, I think I'm pretty incredible (freckles and all!). So...in following with Kristin's lead....here I am...make-up free/flat iron free and without hair products... a true freckle head!