Through the nonprofit Beauty Redefined, Lindsay Kite, PhD & Lexie Kite, PhD have been teaching and promoting positive body image to millions of people online and in person since 2009. Their doctoral research and years of body image activism has led to the development of this in-depth, online course for individuals.
You can use this program at your own pace, on your own timetable, since all of the content is open and available to you once you purchase your membership. This 8-unit online program was developed and tested in our dissertations at the University of Utah and has been continuously updated and upgraded since then. It guides girls and women through the process of recognizing harmful messages in media and culture about female bodies; reflecting on the ways those ideals have impacted their lives; redefining the ways they think about beauty, health and worth; and actively developing body image resilience through four sources of power. This happens through:
- reading research-backed but reader-friendly content, including original images and graphics
- watching original Beauty Redefined videos to demonstrate and explain concepts
- listening through audio versions of each unit to supplement your reading
- relating to dozens of real-life women's words and examples about their own processes to achieving body image resilience
- journaling and responding to reflection prompts and dynamic surveys within the program
- accepting challenges and reporting back
- group discussion through the Disqus forum, built into the course to facilitate open exchanges and sharing among participants
- progressing through 8 units designed to cover 8 weeks, though participants can progress at their own pace
Throughout this active and self-reflective process, you'll be able to see changes in your perceptions, beliefs and behaviors through your own documentation. Are you ready to discover your own potential for body image resilience?
Watch Lindsay's Beauty Redefined TEDx talk to get an introduction to their life-changing work.
For a one-time cost of $149, individuals can enroll in the Beauty Redefined 8-Week Program.
If you are a therapist who would like to inquire about educational licensing to groups, we are debuting a Beauty Redefined Program Facilitator Kit for use with clients and will update this information when it is completed. Please contact us for more information in the meantime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memberships cannot be shared among users. Once payment has been received, members will receive access to the full program content.
Beauty Redefined is the academic and personal passion of Lexie Kite and Lindsay Kite, 32-year-old identical twins with PhDs in the study of body image resilience. We have a passion for helping girls and women recognize, reject and resist harmful messages about their bodies and what “beauty” means and looks like. Beauty Redefined represents our not-for-profit work through the Beauty Redefined Foundation (501(c)(3)) to promote positive body image for girls and women everywhere through research-backed online education (in this program and through our website and social media platforms) and through popular speaking events in both secular and religious settings, from universities and high schools to professional conferences and church congregations for all ages. Our co-authored master’s thesis and complementary doctoral dissertations form the basis for our empowering program and visual presentation, which we have offered to tens of thousands of people across the U.S. since 2009.
While many well-intentioned speakers and activists promote positive body image from the basis of helping women realize and embrace their beauty, we take a different approach that has proved successful in our research. At Beauty Redefined, we assert that having positive body image isn’t believing you are beautiful. Instead, it is having a positive perception of your body overall. So many times we confuse “my body” with “how my body looks” and think of ourselves from an outside perspective, also known as self-objectification. Through both research and personal experiences, our online education, social media activism and speaking engagements illustrate the vital point that your body is far more important and powerful as an instrument for your use than it is as an ornament to admire. Self-esteem and confidence are crucial, but they are NOT dependent on what you look like — or what you think you look like. We emphasize that getting past the obsession with the outsides of our bodies is key to developing a positive perception of our own bodies, which is the definition of positive body image.