Leading up to the Love Your Body Summit, I am introducing you to our presenters through a series of interviews. I am so excited to share these interviews with you. Each one of these women is doing incredible work in the world.
Today we are meeting Renae Regehr, founder of More to Her. Renae will be speaking at the conference about media impact on body image.
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Radical Self Love Warrior: Renae Regehr
1. Tell us a bit about your body positive work.
I created More To Her as a place to connect with others, and bring education and awareness about the messages we receive from the media. It is also importantly, a place to point to solutions about how to cultivate a confident and authentic identity not held back by pressures found in the media and our social environments.
Until now, education through writing and social media has been my primary way for body positive work. However, I am very excited that I have a research-based, positive body image curriculum for both boys and girls (grade 7-12) that will soon be available for classrooms, groups, and workshops.
2. What inspired you to become a body positive activist?
In my early 20s I discovered Jean Kilbourne’s document “Killing Us Softly.” My worldview was profoundly changed as I realized how significantly advertising and media images influence us, and in turn we influence our friends and family around us. I increasingly learned that how we feel about ourselves impacts our emotions, thoughts, behaviour and physiology. I wanted to learn how to increase positive body image and began a Masters of Counseling with a focus on studying body image.
3. What have you learned about body love that has made the biggest difference in your life?
Vulnerability and community are two things I have learned to embrace. Everyone has body image concerns, so the quicker I am vulnerable and admit to having a “bad body image day” to people who care about me, the faster my perspective changes because my friends and family respond in a caring, compassionate, and encouraging way. Additionally, having friends and family that conceptualize attractiveness in a broad way (and includes internal attributes) nurtures a healthy perspective.
4. What is one change that you would love to see in the world to encourage more body love?
Gratitude. Each person has a distinctive set of talents, skills, and internal characteristics in addition to their uniquely designed body. If more time was spent focusing on being grateful for the amazing functions and abilities we do have, I believe that respect and appreciation for the body would significantly abound!
5. Name another body positive activist that inspires you, and tell us about him/her.
There are some very inspirational women who are being powerful advocates for increasing positive body image. One person that quickly comes to my mind as an inspiring activist is Erin Treloar, the founder of RAW Beauty Talks. She has a genuine passion and desire to help others, especially young girls, become comfortable with who they authentically are. She is a supportive, intelligent, thought-leader who cares about expanding people’s appreciation and awareness to all the great characteristic they inherently have.
In her early 20s Renae discovered Jean Kilbourne’s documentary, “Killing us Softly.” Her worldview was profoundly changed as she realized how significantly advertising and media images influence us. Learning that the media narrowly represented women was only the first part of her discovery. She has since come to realize that women need to go beyond learning about such representations to seeing what real women look like. If girls don’t see women in a wide variety of realistic, meaningful roles and professions in media they will be limited in believing what they can accomplish.
Through her Masters of Counselling she has been researching body image and the representation of women in the media. Renae founded More To Her to educate others about the messages we receive from media, and to provide a place to point to solutions and connect with others. Look for Renae’s new media literacy and body image curriculum and workshops for boys and girls available soon.