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

Hi Angela! Just wanted to say that I was one of the mums at the QMC talk and loved the talk! I really appreciate what you’re doing. I didn’t expect it to hit me so viscerally– all those years living among advertisements and expectations but I had to hold back tears thinking of all the body image trials my friends and I have gone through in our lifetimes. It’s so sad, really, when I think of the incredible number of hours (years?) wasted worrying about looks. It does make me wonder how my life might’ve been different if my friends and I had your talk in middle school! Thanks again for doing what you do and making such a positive change in my daughter’s life!

Parent, QMC
Wellington

 

Author: Angela Maree Barnett

Fitful writer. Over Enthusiastic Dancer. Shame Buster. Amy Schumer Stalker.