Nobody knows their not perfect until somebody tells them that they’re not.
The film, There She Is, follows best friends Allison Kopach and Jenny Flores, as they compete in a 2011 beauty pageant. The ladies are revisited in 2012 to discuss how the outcome of the pageant has changed their lives. But, this is no ordinary pageant.
Beauty queens, Jenny and Allison, were competing in the American Beauties Plus Pageant.
You read that correctly, there is a film coming out about two plus sized beauty pageant queens. Unlike Miss America, the pageant that immediately came to my mind, the American Beauties Plus Pageant gives plus sized women a place to shine.
Filmakers Emily Sheskin and Veena Rao, wanting to create a film about women and how we define beauty, came across the plus size beauty pageant industry, and knew it was the right fit for their documentary. After all, the average size woman in the United States is a size 14.
During the film making process, we discovered that what was most compelling is the conflict between our characters’ desire to be comfortable in their own skin and celebrate their beauty while at the same time never having their physical appearance fully accepted outside of the plus size pageantry world. We also realized that their inner conflict is in many ways universal, and extends to everyone who faces a discrepancy between their self-image and the influential yet unattainable images surrounding them.
Emily and Vena are currently running an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the final touches of their movie. So far, they have raised about $6,500 of the $7,500 needed to get this film produced.
Ladies, we need to help them.
This film will not only change how we view beauty queens, but on a personal level, it is going to make women like me feel better about living in my own skin. It’s changing the perception of what it means to be beautiful, because I, for one, am tired of the media defining that for me. It’s the reason I jumped at the chance to write for Curvy Girl Guide. I wanted to change the norm. I wanted to talk openly about my insecurities.
Watch the movie trailer and mission below
Even if you cannot help them financially, please share this with other women.
Confidence is something that I think any woman of any size battles with. And when it’s compromised, for me, I have to throw a little crying pity party, get it out, call my mom and remind myself that I’m one hell of a woman, I work hard and I’m a great role model! I have amazing family and friends and at the end of the day it’s all about those things in my corner. And I want other women to recognize that too, that it’s okay. Insecurity is going to happen to everyone, but it’s how we are proactive that matters.
Maybe today is the day your best friend went on yet another diet. Maybe today is the day your sister looked in the mirror and cried. Maybe today is the day your coworker overheard someone talking about how she’s let herself go. Maybe today is the day your daughter was picked on at school.
Maybe today is the day… we change all of that.