Tampa, FL- In a disturbing new trend thousands of girls as young as 11 and 12-years old are posting videos on YouTube asking the question, “Am I pretty?” This public call for validation shows a dangerous lack of self-worth and early focus on outer beauty.
Michelle Phillips, author of the bestselling beauty and self-esteem book The Beauty Blueprint: 8 Steps to Building the Life and Look of Your Dreams, strongly believes this is a topic that needs addressing, especially for girls at such delicate age.
When asked about the subject Phillips said, “As a Celebrity Makeup Artist and Life Coach I have been working with people for years to build their ‘beauty’ from the inside out. Seeing this at such a young age though really troubles me. Whether it is the images in the media, social networking, or increased peer pressure, people, especially tween girls, are feeling pushed to look and act a certain way. In trying to find acceptance online they are opening themselves up to even more negative input. The relative anonymity of the internet creates a breeding ground for hostility and hate resulting in wave of hurtful responses to their videos. Not to mention the fact that online predators are constantly lurking, typically preying on girls in this exact age range.”
To remedy this Phillips suggests a variety of solutions.
- Monitor your child’s internet usage! The web is just that, a dangerous place for those that get caught up in it. There are just as many physical and emotional hazards to be found in the virtual world as there is in the real world.
- Talk to your kids about their ‘beauty’. Have your child create a list of their most beautiful qualities; their values, dreams, and maybe even throw in some physical attributes they love as well. By working to build a foundation for what makes them uniquely beautiful you create a source for real and lasting self-worth.
- Model strong self-esteem yourself. Even with all of the other sources of information your kids have access to you are still their biggest influence. By relating to them your self-worth you are instilling that same value in your kids.
About Michelle Phillips
Michelle Phillips is a celebrity makeup artist, Life Coach, TV and radio host, speaker, and author best-selling book from Hay House Publishing, “The Beauty Blueprint- 8 Steps to Building the Life and Look of Your Dreams”. Her mission throughout all of her work is to provide the process and support for women to discover and experience the “true beauty” in their lives.
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