Six days ago I had a crazy idea. 6 days ago I wanted to break the walls down that society has placed on beauty. 6 days ago The Worthy Project idea was born.
Inside my mind I had all of these ideas swirling around my brain. Why do you have to be a size 2 to be "beautiful"? Why are you required to look a certain way or do a certain thing to be considered worthy? Why are you not allowed to be self-conscious too, if you are a size 0? Why is social media filled with the same type of women and spaciously lacks the diversity of real life?
It was time to change society's negative social stigma of worthiness on women.
The Worthy Project was an opportunity to come together with women around the communities and normalize self-love and spread body positivity. Our goal is to normalize all body types and celebrate the many variations of beauty.
Women ranging from ages nineteen to fourty-seven gathered together in celebration on January 8, 2017 to recognize that they were worthy. Indiana Theatre Event Center in Terre Haute,IN graciously donated staff and a venue to allow this vision to come to life. Any woman was able to apply to be part of The Worthy Project. Women traveled from Vincennes, Danville, Columbus, Bicknell, Evansville, Bruceville, Princeton, Terre Haute, and beyond to join together and start the social movement of The Worthy Project.
After arriving and mustering up the courage to actually attend the event, the women were asked to write down a memory, incident, or a phrase that stuck in their mind that had ever made them feel un-worthy. The room quieted and lost the chatter of nervous voices. Sharpies scraped against the paper as women revealed their inner feelings and completely opened their hearts to a room of forty strangers. One-by-one she rose and was photographed with her memory.
After our individual portrait, the group was asked to look around the room and examine the women around them. Each person then wandered about and placed a sticky-note on someone else. Each sticky-note was an affirmation, compliment, or uplifting message. The fears and rigid memories of before started to fade. The power of friendship and happiness filled the room as we continued with group images and more pictures.
None of these women are professional models. They are regular people just like you and I. They took a chance to be brave. These women bared their hearts and soul in order to prove that IT'S OKAY TO LOVE YOURSELF.
All women are worthy. No matter their size, color, shape, race, sexual orientation, employment, they are worthy. Your past does not define you. The words of others does not set your destiny. You have the power to change. You have the ability to rise above and fight. You are worthy.
Our goal is to break the stigma. Social media blasts in your face that you need to be "model material" in order to be beautiful. Not anymore. Not, again. All women are worthy and we're here to prove it: