What students say

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Here are some out-takes from Year 9 & 10 girls from St Mary’s (Auckland):
– ‘Not everything you see is real and there is no wrong size.’

– ‘To not always believe what you see on social media and to never change the way you look by using Photoshop and other apps.’
– ‘Don’t comment about how people look in their photos, comment on something nice about what they did.’
– ‘To understand how important self-love is.’
– ‘How media portrays women and how illnesses come from trying to change the way you look in order to make others happy.’
– ‘It was amazing and very interesting.’

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Birkdale Intermediate

Hi Angela,

The talk you gave today was very empowering for our girls. I spoke to many of the girls afterwards, they were buzzing and got a lot from it.  Thank you for coming and sharing your time and knowledge with us.
Warm regards

Katrina Bush

Deputy Principal
Birkdale Intermediate School

Mahurangi College

Angela comes armed with a toolkit for our young woman to navigate the world around them with more self-confidence. Placing greater value from the inside out of beauty. She speaks with a beautiful confidence and knowledge highlighting the falsies of the media and highlighting its manipulation. We held two talks, one for the girls at school and a second one for the parents, both loved it and couldn’t believe the lies that made them feel less than perfect. 

It really fascinates and begs the question – why do we believe them when we know that they sell a false narrative. Her endgame isn’t to derail the beauty industry but to raise media savvy, confident girls that are pretty smart. 

I couldn’t recommend the Pretty Smart talk enough, we will be asking Angela to come back and talk to our school every couple of years.

Chelsea de Berry
FOM
Mahurangi College.

Mount Albert Grammar

Angela delivered a relevant, informative and powerful presentation to our Junior Girls. She encouraged them to love themselves and each other for their uniqueness rather than constantly comparing themselves to fake images that they are bombarded with through media and social media.

Haana Bovaird
Year 10 Girls’ Dean
Acting Head of Health Department

 

St Mary’s College

Last year, Pretty Smart was at St. Mary’s College, Auckland talking to the Year 9 cohort. It’s always interesting asking the girls if they’ve ever been teased for how they look (shown in the image). Anyone raising their hand to this question is incredible and I have to resist the urge to race over and hug them for being so courageous – way too uncool for school!

Some feedback’s rolled in from the brilliant Year 9 Dean, Anna McLeod, who did a survey afterwards. Here are a few things the girls learned:

‘Not everything you see is real and there is no wrong size.’

‘To not always believe what you see on social media and to never change the way you look by using Photoshop and other apps.’

‘Don’t comment about how people look in their photos, comment on something nice about what they did.’

‘To understand how important self-love is.’

‘How media portrays women and how illnesses come from trying to change the way you look in order to make others happy.’

‘It was amazing and very interesting.’

A couple of girls asked for more interactivity so that’s a mission for 2019.

St Joseph’s School

“Great information – engaging video clips – current topics  – appropriately pitched for age and school – material made real with personal anecdotes – thank you.”

Maria Lynne 
St Joseph’s Catholic School
Levin

The students wrote down a mix of what they thought of the talk and what they will do/not do differently:

[The talk] was telling us that no matter what size, we’re still great no matter what…it doesn’t matter what others think of you, just be yourself – be confident!

‘The one thing I will be, after being present at the Pretty Smart Talk, is to not believing in every single thing I see online and not to be so impressed by models or famous people.’

‘One thing I would do differently is to not always follow what is popular like what is the new trend just do what makes you feel good about yourself.’

‘I liked pretty smart because it makes people understand that their beautiful no matter what.’

‘One thing I will do is to never photoshop any of my photos and be confident with who I really am.’

‘One thing I will do different is to be careful on the internet especially instagram, facebook etc and not change the way I look well I don’t need to because you know I’m like the prettiest person in the world.’

I really liked the pretty smart talk because It made me except myself for who I am. it doesn’t matter what other people say about me, because we are all unique in and different in our own way. It also showed me that you should be happy for who you are.’ 

‘One thing I will do different is to be careful in what I post on social media and not to be so impressed by what models look like because they are probably photoshopped.’

‘I really liked the pretty smart talk because It made me except myself for who I am. it doesn’t matter what other people say about me, because we are all unique in and different in our own way. It also showed me that you should be happy for who you are.’

‘One thing I will change is that I will try to be more honest online, while still not giving away too much personal information away, and not to photoshop/facetune any of my pictures when I feel more confident in posting pictures.’

‘One question I have is why do people have a ‘perfect’ vision of what a woman should look like? And why do they think that in order for a woman to be pretty they all need to have the same face shape/body shape and hair colour to be considered pretty?’

 

Iona College (& Woodford House)

“Drawing from personal and professional experience, Angela delivered an incredibly powerful and age-appropriate presentation for our Year 9 and 10 students. It was amazing how much knowledge and advice about the media, social media, and body image Angela was able to share, with interesting images, engaging videos and a warm and clear speaking style. This presentation is a must for the wellbeing of girls in their early teens, and we’ll be asking Angela back again in the future.”

David Trousdell
Deputy Principal – Wellbeing and Engagement
Iona College

Takapuna Normal Intermediate School

“Thanks so much, Angela, for inspiring our girls today to be proud of themselves, their uniqueness and to make the most of all of the opportunities they have available to them.  Angela challenged our thinking around advertising and messages we receive every day in our lives and the global community.

Be kind to each other!   Live your best life!”

 
 
Ngā mihi nui,

 
Wendy Sandifer
MEdLead, PGDipLead, BEd, TTC
Principal – Tumuaki
Takapuna Normal Intermediate School

Remuera Intermediate

Pretty was at a mothers & daughters breakfast fundraiser for Remuera Intermediate’s PTA and it was pretty awesome. Here’s the testimony from the amazing organising mamas

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Thank you for coming in on Tuesday morning and giving such an entertaining and enlightening presentation on how the media can have such a detrimental effect on girls’ perception of themselves at puberty as well as going forward.

The way you reached out to the girls with images, music and teen speak, all while showing them a way to navigate a world filled with false representations, was incredibly encouraging to me as a mother and to so many of the other mothers (and fathers!) around me. Indeed, the initial feedback we have received on your presentation has been overwhelmingly positive.

Through lightening such a complex topic you have made a wonderfully positive impact on so many people.’

Yours sincerely
Catriona McCallum & Jo Wood
Remuera Intermediate School PTA

Wellington Girls College

“Angela’s Pretty Smart presentation was an engaging way to equip our students with the knowledge and confidence to be critical consumers of the beauty industry.  Her body positive message resonated with our students.  Her fast-paced, informative and humorous approach to an issue so important to young people is helping to “raise body warriors, not body worriers.”

Melissa Denzler
Deputy Principal, WGC

PS Wgtn Girls C June 2018 stage
600 girls were listening to the different messages given to women vs men. Neither of these two images has anything to do with health!

Adventure School, Wellington

“We had positive feedback from the kids, teachers and parents who attended. The parents especially thought it very timely.

I asked the girls in my class and they found the prevalence of photoshopping most interesting. Some would like to understand why we can’t just show the people as they actually are, instead of images that have been highly modified.”

Mark Hughes
Lead Teacher, Adventure School, Whitby

The Adventure School arranged for four other local schools to join the talk.

Pretty Smart Adventure School girls
Having a chat with the girls at the end.

French American School

“I learned about Angela through an 8th-grade student who had attended her presentation and was so moved that she asked me to bring Angela to speak to the girls at our school. Her presentation was poignant and powerful. The girls attending left with a better understanding of how the media influences girls’ body image and manipulates people into wanting to spend money on their products to try to obtain the image of beauty they portray. This understanding was very empowering for these students.”

Barri Aji, Middle School Counselor,
French American International School

“I think that the presentation was really inspiring because it tells us young women and young men that looks aren’t everything. You don’t have to change who you are to be accepted. This slideshow was AMAZING and I want every girl to know that they are beautiful, and don’t believe what they see in magazines like Seventeen magazine because that does NOT define beauty.”

Mya McGraw, 14-year-old student,
San Francisco

 

Ponsonby Intermediate

“A wonderful informative talk! Our girls were challenged to think differently. Angela’s talk opened an honest conversation about the pressures of social media, media and peer pressure. “

Rachel Maitland-Smith, Ponsonby Intermediate, Auckland

 

Te Atatu School

“Thanks for your visit on Wednesday.  I have received very positive feedback and we’ll definitely have you back again. All the females teachers enjoyed it and thought there was a lot of value to what you were talking about.  A suggestion was that maybe all the school is involved rather than just females as if we are wanting change it would be helpful for the males to see that what is in the advertising world, media, society etc isn’t what females are really like.  Could be something to consider.”

Cheryl Mckeown, Teacher,
Te Atatu Intermediate, Auckland

Murray’s Bay School

“Angela Barnett came to Murray’s Bay Intermediate School to speak to our 500 girls for one hour.  I had heard from a colleague regarding how good she was with both presentation and message through another school. The presentation was highly visual to capture attention with video clips and photos which portrayed both an enlightening, fascinating and frightening look at how the media portrays what is considered to be beautiful. We would like to thank Angela for her thought-provoking presentation which will be a catalyst for our girls to start making a difference to perception this term.”

Shannon Robinson, Acting Principal
Murray’s Bay School, Auckland

 

 

What parents say

“As a former marketer, a current mental health worker and a father of 12 and 10-year-old daughters I could not speak highly enough of the quality of the content and delivery of Angela’s talk on body image.  The topic feels like a minefield but Angela’s empathic, down to earth delivery, and fearlessness in taking on what has become a culture of marketing by deception, without any consideration for the well-being of our girls and young women, is a true gift  our family is extremely grateful for.”

Nick Brown-Hansom, Parent,
Auckland

“Totally inspirational… on point and delivered in a way that the girls understood and listened and related.”

Jane Blakey
Auckland

Last week I was fortunate enough to be at my daughter’s school, Waimea Intermediate, along with 350 girls & their teachers for a Pretty Smart talk. Angela showed us the many tools the fashion industry uses to turn a woman into a model on the cover of a magazine, how we are constantly bombarded with these unrealistic images and made to feel inadequate. She taught us how to see through this fake world and gave us tools for loving our bodies the way they are. I left this Pretty Smart talk feeling empowered and that night my daughter told me about all the things her wonderful body could do without concern for how it looked. Thank you Angela.

Janey Clark
Nelson

 

Saint Kentigern, Auckland

“Angela is an effective communicator who engages well with young people, respecting their wonderful uniqueness and at the same time enlightening them about issues in society which could affect them. With her background in advertising and marketing, she is able to explain the importance of being aware of images and messages, and how these may be constructed rather than real. She is passionate about addressing issues in society which affect our younger generation.”

Marianne Duston, Assistant Principal,
Saint Kentigern Middle College, Auckland

 

Green Bay, Auckland

“As a teacher and a parent I was aware of some of the issues raised in the presentation, what I was fascinated with is the way in which companies market their products completing the cycle of making people feel that they are imperfect. This presentation highlights this in a way that is easy to understand. I would have no hesitation in recommending the presentation to other schools, it was brilliant! I made the comment to Angela that I thought it would also be great for boys to see.

100% recommend the presentation!”

Dave Wileman, Math Lead,
Green Bay Intermediate

 

Girls Rock! School

“Breaking down the beauty myths and exposing the tricks of the beauty industry is important work and Pretty Smart provides a valuable service to empower young women with the tools to combat the destructive side of this industry. It is a hard battle maintaining self-esteem in the face of such opposition but Pretty Smart is fighting the good fight.”

Kat Saunders
Girls Rock! School, Auckland