Victoria, Canada – What started out as an impassioned documentary chronicling the life of Canadian burn survivor, Kelly Falardeau, and her inspiring message of inner beauty has now ignited a world-wide movement.
The documentary heading to Victoria is entitled, Still Beautiful, and her message has resonated with people, old and young around the world. Her Goalcast video promoting the film has been seen and shared by over 7.8 million people.
“This documentary gives people permission to feel beautiful, even though they aren’t perfect,” says Kelly. “There are too many people that look in the mirror and say, ‘Yuck, who is going to love that? It’s time to change the dialogue.”
Bat wings. Turkey neck. Thunder thighs. Muffin top. Lard Butt. Pizza Face. Where does this self-loathing come from?
One study found 94% of women and 84% of men are affected by body-shaming. And it’s not just adults who are victims, another study even found 81% of 10-yr-olds are afraid of being ugly & fat, and 51% of 9- & 10-year-old girls say they feel better about themselves when they are dieting. Yet another study showed 38% of boys in middle school and high school reported using protein supplements to gain muscle mass to enhance appearance and nearly 6% admitted to experimenting with steroids.
“People are fed up with the impossible media spin on the ideal of beauty and physical perfection,” says Kelly. “Even supermodels are touched up in advertisements. It’s not real and it’s not achievable. My message is about positive body image, self-esteem, inner beauty, diversity and self-empowerment.”
The Still Beautiful documentary is playing in Victoria on Tuesday, July 2nd at the Dave Dunnet Theatre at 7pm. Tickets are available online at www.StillBeautifulDoc.com. The event is sponsored by Van Isle Windows.
If the trailer doesn’t play, try this link.