Young women have so many obstacles in their path as they try to define “beauty,” says Paul Savramis, co-founder of Rising Stars Foundation. Airbrushed magazine covers and other altered realities make it difficult to know what real beauty looks like, or that it comes from within. Recently, Rising Stars hosted “Beautiful Me,” a workshop for girls aged 10 to 17 to help them discover what is really beautiful about themselves. Here, Savramis addresses the issue and explains the program.
Q: How did the participants define beauty of the beginning of the program versus the end?
Paul Savramis: We asked over 60 female student-athletes from early adolescence through the age of 17 to describe beauty. At first, names of celebrities were tossed around, and not much else. However, once these young ladies were offered a different perspective, they began to understand the value of their own unique looks and personalities. At the end, each girl had a list of beautiful things about themselves to reflect upon.