Making Body Positivity and Fitness Compatible

Forgetting about fitness does a HUGE disservice to both our physical health and body image. Read our tips for body positive fitness!

Your Body is Not a Before or an After

Though it’s tempting to view our bodies in terms of dramatic before-and-after transformations, we want to add a word of caution regarding popular trend.

Really Want to Feel Better About Your Body?

Here is 10 years of our body image research in 5 manageable steps!

Empowering or Objectifying? Two Clashing Camps of Body Positivity

Food, Fat & Fear: Recognizing an Eating Disorder and Recovering

Understand the signs and find help!

Your Body is an Instrument, not an Ornament.

Improve your fitness and your body image by using your body's physical power, rather than just looking at it!

Book a Spot on Our Speaking Tour!

Book your spot on our U.S. tour! The transformation that can take place during and after our presentation can be life-changing. We would love to speak near you!

Stick It To the Man! Or the Mirror...

Help our non-profit while helping yourself to our beautiful and empowering sticky notes! Stick them to your own mirror, a friend's computer, or a public ad you want to talk back to.

Body Shame On You

Too many girls and women live in a constant state of shame that feels completely normal — what scholars call “normative discontent.” Once we recognize what shame looks like in our own lives, we can work to reject its harmful influence.

You are more than a body. See more. Be more.

Step 1: Recognize

Step 1: Recognize

Recognizing harmful messages about female bodies is the first step to redefining beauty and health for ourselves.

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Step 1: Recognize

Step 2: Redefine

Redefining the way we perceive our own bodies and health is the second step to taking back beauty and health for ourselves.

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Step 3: Resist

Step 3: Resist

Resisting harmful messages through the development of body image resilience is the final continuous step to positive body image.

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Behind Beauty Redefined

Behind Beauty Redefined

We are Lindsay Kite and Lexie Kite, 30-year-old identical twins with PhDs in the study of media and body image. See why we are dedicated to positive body image! 

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If you’ve glanced at a magazine or turned on the TV in the last decade, you’ve got a good idea of what it takes for a girl or woman to qualify to be featured positively in media: she’s tall, young, usually white, has long, flowing hair, is surgically enhanced, blemish-free and very thin. In fact, academic research tells it like we see it: studies show the women we see in media these days are on screen specifically to be looked at, as objects to be viewed and consumed. They fit ideals that drive huge profits for the beauty and diet industries. On top of that, surgical and digital enhancement has become an unquestioned standard. And in a world where a constant flow of media images far outnumbers women we could ever see face to face, this unrealistic ideal has become the norm in our minds. A counterfeit, dangerous, unattainable norm. When we only see a certain type of woman presented positively in media, from fitness magazines to TV dramas, it’s no wonder media is consistently linked to body hatred, disordered eating and an unhealthy focus on appearance. Profit-driven media, hand in hand with the multi-billion-dollar beauty and weight loss industries, rely on us believing a lie. The lie tells us beauty comes in one form that anyone can attain with enough money, time and effort. It tells us that women who don’t fit the ideal are doomed to be undesirable and unhappy. This sinister lie that female worth is dependent upon appearance is incredibly successful, but now that we recognize we’re in a battle for women’s worth and well being, we can actually start to defend ourselves!

Beauty Redefined is dedicated to promoting positive body image and resilience through teaching people to recognize, reject and resist harmful messages about female bodies in media and cultural discourse. We do this through speaking engagements in a wide variety of settings, offering online education through our website and 8-week online program, and continuing the conversation through social media. For more on our work and how you can join the battle to redefine the meaning and value of beauty in healthy and empowering ways, please follow the links above through Step 1: Recognize, Step 2: Redefine, and Step 3: Resist.