Beautiful Project is a movement that is transforming the lives of young women across the globe by empowering them to love themselves and speak their truths.
Through the book, Beautiful, and its accompanying curriculum, we are raising issues that affect young women - body image, self-confidence, sex, relationships, peer pressure - and speaking about them. In doing so, we cultivate our voice and express ourselves on subjects that often remain unnamed and undiscussed.
Do you remember your first kiss? Your first heartbreak? Your first bra? The first time your best friend betrayed you? Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman peels back the truth behind becoming a woman in a chaotic world where airbrushed perfection is beauty – when in reality, beauty is who you are.
Beautiful offers strategies to help young women cope with contemporary issues, like body image, the media, relationships, competition, sex and peer pressure. It explores the way adolescents see and talk about themselves, and answers the big questions young women are afraid to ask.
Naomi Katz offers truths about conquering adolescence and cultivating a unique sense of self. Weaving together narratives of real teens, Katz, a teacher who has worked with young women all over the globe, provides inspiration for growing girls looking for guidance in an increasingly complicated world.
Preview the first
chapter of Beautiful
"Beautiful is a portable, wise, big sister who can answer the questions you are too embarrassed to ask and guide you through what, at times, can feel like a treacherous path to healthy womanhood."
table of Contents:
Why I Wrote This Book and You Might Want to Read It
1. That Crazy Teenage World
2. Don’t Question Yourself--Question the Media!
3. How Do I See Myself?
4. Why Are My Friends and I So Mean to Each Other?
5. How Do I Treat Others? How Do I Want to be Treated?
7. Are All the Cool Kids Really Drinking and Doing Drugs?
8. When I Feel STRESSED OUT
9. Black girls, White girls, Brown girls, Yellow girls
10. Family, Friends, and That Significant Other
11. Knowing, Choosing, and Respecting Myself
Looking back on growing up, I wish I had a book like Beautiful to answer the questions I was too embarrassed to ask. Beautiful tells the story of young women discovering themselves in a cruel world of objectification and body shaming. In a time of rapid transitions, it becomes hard to rationalize the truth out of all the images and facts parents and health educators throw your way. Beautiful personalizes the growth trajectory and makes coming to woman-hood a relatable journey. The message of Beautiful is both engaging and empowering. I would highly recommend it to anyone trying to understand and empathize with how difficult it is to be a teenage girl.
In an accessible voice, Naomi Katz speaks to teen-age girls and addresses the pressures and stresses that effect them on a daily basis. Beautiful is a portable, wise, big sister who can answer the questions you are too embarrassed to ask and guide you through what, at times, can feel like a treacherous path to healthy womanhood.
-Luise Eichenbaum, LCSW
co-founder, The Women's Therapy Centre Institute, NYC