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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Promoting positive self image in girls

Many girls and women have poor body images and it's exasperated by the fashion industry and the images published in the media. These sources communicate what is deemed as acceptable beauty. To counteract this and promote healthy self images, the founder of, Sam Sisakhti, created the Believe in Yourself Project.

In addition to promoting positive body images through speakers and mentors, the charity provides needy girls with dresses for upcoming dances. For many girls, strained finances prevent them from keeping up with the latest fashion trends, which makes them feel like an outsider among their friends.

One of the goals is to reach girls at an early age and help them to feel better about their physical appearance. This, in turn, empowers them to participate in social situations within their schools. During the past year, the foundation has given formal dresses to underprivileged high school-aged and college students across the country. The result is encouraging: A lot of the girls felt confident enough to attend their first school dance.

Sam Sisakhi, founder of the Believe in Yourself Project and,
poses with some of the girls who are recipients of party dresses.
The initiative is far-reaching, Sisakhi is speaking with influential women who have or are currently having struggles with their body image and encouraging them to be speakers and mentors to girls in the program. “We hope to dispel the notion that you need to be a size 0 in  order to be beautiful," says Sisakhti who is concerned about cyber bullying and body shaming.

The mentorship program will launch nationally this year. There will be weekly mentorship meetings in various cities across the country as well as interactive online seminars. Through this Project many young ladies will feel comfortable in their own skin and not let physical insecurities or financial limitations affect their confidence.

This initiative will surely spread and hopefully touch millions of girls around the world. For more information about the project, visit Believe in Yourself Projects online.

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