Is beauty only skin-deep? Not if you turn it inside out. This day serves as a reminder that inner beauty is more important than outer beauty. On this day people challenge the usual definition of beauty as portrayed in popular media and advertising by recognizing the wonderful actions and attitudes of people who are beautiful on the inside.
Today is Turn Beauty Inside Out Day, a national initiative launched in 2000 by New Moon Magazine and coordinated by the non-profit organization Mind on the Media. This is a collaborative effort to foster participation, discussion, and awareness of girls' images in the media. Also, promote healthy body image and expand the definition of what makes people beautiful!
Turn Beauty Inside Out is a grassroots celebration of healthy media images created in 2000 by a group of girls ages 8-16, the Girls Editorial Board of New Moon Girls. They invite people everywhere to celebrate Inner Beauty with them; the beauty of conviction, caring and action. Girls and boys need a definition of beauty that focuses on who we are and what we do, not on how we look. Turn Beauty Inside Out is a counterbalance to the damaging and unhealthy messages about beauty that bombard us in media, film, advertising and music every day.
Girls Incorporated is a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through a network of local organizations in the United States and Canada. With local roots dating to 1864 and national status in the U.S. since 1945, Girls Inc. responds to the changing needs of girls and their communities through research-based programs and advocacy that empower girls to reach their full potential and to understand, value, and assert their rights. In 2009, Girls Inc. reached over 900,000 girls through Girls Inc. affiliates, our website, and educational publications.
The Girls Inc movement started in New England during the Industrial Revolution as a response to the needs of a new working class: young women who had migrated from rural communities in search of newly available job opportunities in textile mills and factories.
Girls Inc develops research-based informal education programs that encourage girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges. Major programs address math and science education, pregnancy and drug abuse prevention, media literacy, economic literacy, adolescent health, violence prevention, and sports participation.
To support Girls, Inc., please visit: http://www.girlsinc.org/