Embracing self-esteem, part II
[Editor’s note: Claremont Girl Scout Jun-ior Troop 1094 from Sycamore School is inthe midst of earning a “Becoming a Teen”merit badge and, as such, have been work-ing to debunk the myth of beauty in themedia through an examination of air-brushed and Photoshop-enhanced imagesof women and girls online and in print. A series of letters the girls wrote in re-sponse to an article on a project under-taken by Girl Scout Troop 5364,“Embracing self-esteem instead of falsebeauty,” is published below.
]Dear Editor:Thank you for publishing this article onthe Girl Scout troop’s badge on self-es-teem. I believe that this is truly a causethat should be more recognized, and Ithink it will be. Your reporter paid good attention to de-tails, aside from the fact that troop leaderTina Mann is actually a Sycamoreteacher, not Sumner.I was very impressedthat this article made the front page andgot a very good amount of your space andtime. It was nice that you got the perspec-tive of Lara Jenkins. I liked what she hadto say. Thank you,
Dear Editor:I am writing because I would like youto know how much I appreciate the articlethat you put in about self-esteem vs. fakebeauty (“Girl Scouts embrace self-esteeminstead of false beauty”).I feel that it is very important to get thepoint across to all girls—including me—that self-esteem is more important thanlooks and Photoshopped images. Peopleshould not stress out over beauty andweight when there are so many more im-portant things. Thank you for listening tomy points. Sincerely,
Dear Editor:Thank you for putting the article in theCOURIER about fake beauty! I liked itbecause it was a great article that showedwhat is on the inside [of us] is the mostimportant, not just what’s on the outside.It was helpful because it can help girlsfeel confident about themselves. Thanksagain! Love,
Dear Editor:I thought that Girl Scout Troop 5364(“Girl Scouts embrace self-esteem insteadof false beauty”) did a great job gettingthe point across about inner beauty—thatwhat is on the inside counts and yourbeauty [should be] shown in your ownways. I think beauty pageants are fake, be-cause the girls get all dressed up and puton so much make-up so we can’t see whothey really are. Sincerely,
Dear Editor:I really appreciate the fact that you putthis article in the COURIER (“Girl Scoutsembrace self-esteem instead of falsebeauty”).My troop and I have been learning a bitabout this and how lots of images in mag-azines are fake. I’ve also seen someYouTube videos that say the same thing.There are a lot of Photoshopped modelsthat young teenagers don’t know aboutand I’m glad that you are bringing this toawareness. From,
Dear Editor:I thank you for coming up with the ideato write the article “Girl Scouts embraceself-esteem instead of false beauty,” be-cause it helps remind young teenagersthey don’t need a lot of make-up, popularapps or the new style of clothes to expressthemselves. Thank you for showing me and my GirlScouts what it is like to be ourselves. Sin-cerely,
Dear Editor:Thank you for publishing this article!My Girl Scout troop and I recently weretalking about how
magazine andother magazines Photoshop their pictures. We also watched videos on YouTubeabout Photoshopped models and actressesand we all decided the women look muchbetter before they were Photoshopped.Again, thank you! Love,
Claremont COURIER/Friday, May 2, 2014
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CORRECTIONIn the article “Girl Scouts embraceself-esteem instead of false beauty”published Friday, April 18, we incor-rectly identified Girl Scout Troop1094 leader Tina Mann as a SumnerSchool teacher when she, in fact,teaches at Sycamore Elementary. TheCOURIER apologizes for the error.