Robin Rice isn't going to judge you for all those times you've stared into a mirror wishing your thighs were thinner or your belly was flatter or your hair wasn't so damn frizzy. She isn't shocked that just about every time you see yourself in a photograph, you immediately focus on the parts of you that need "fixing." She understands, because she's been there. But her message is blunt: You've got to stop. Today. And your girlfriends need to stop too.
After spending her career interacting with strong, remarkable women who despite all their accomplishments still struggle with the energy-sapping, self-esteem-draining impact of our culture's narrow definition of beauty, Rice has launched a campaign called Stop the Beauty Madness.
"It affects every woman of every age," Rice says, and the impact is more than just personal. "If you're spending time worrying about what you look like, you're not out there making a change in the world."
To fuel a conversation about the issue and spur women to fight back, Stop the Beauty Madness is offering 10 weeks of audio interviews with people on the front lines of the battle to change our relationship with beauty. You'll also find a thought-provoking blog and opportunities to share your voice, including a poetry-slam contest.
But the most powerful conversation starters you'll find at StopTheBeautyMadness.com are a series of ads that pull no punches about the twisted things we say to ourselves and our culture says to us each day about our bodies and their value.
Here's a sample.