About the Instructors: Lindsay Kite, PhD & Lexie Kite, PhD
Beauty Redefined is the academic and personal passion of Lexie Kite and Lindsay Kite, 31-year-old identical twins with PhDs in the study of media and body image. 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 501(c)3 Beauty Redefined Foundation to promote positive body image for girls and women everywhere through research-backed online education (including our website, blog and this 8-Week Body Image Resilience program), sharing empowering posts through social media (prominently via our Facebook page, Twitter @takebackbeauty, and Instagram @beauty_redefined), and through live speaking engagements 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 (2009, University of Utah) and complementary doctoral dissertations (2013, University of Utah) form the basis for our 8-Week Body Image Resilience Program and our empowering 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 -- how it works, what it allows you to do, and how you feel inside your body. 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.