A radical day-by-day guide to redefining beauty and creating lasting self-esteem
Every day, American women and girls are besieged by images and messages that suggest their beauty is inadequate, inflicting immeasurable harm upon their confidence and sense of wellbeing. In Beautiful You, author Rosie Molinary encourages women to feel wonderful about themselves -- even when today's media-saturated culture tells them not to.
Drawing on tools for heightened self-awareness, creativity, and mind-body connections, Beautiful You incorporates practical techniques into a 365-day action plan that empowers women to embrace a healthy self-image, shore up self-confidence, break undermining habits of self-criticism, and champion their own emotional and physical wellbeing.
Modern and meaningful, these doable, enjoyable daily actions encourage women and girls to manifest a healthy outlook on life, to live large, and to love themselves and others.
About the Author
Rosie Molinary is an author, freelance writer, teacher, and editor. Her award-winning poetry and nonfiction have been published in various literary magazines and books, including The Circle, Anthology, Caketrain, Snake Nation Press, Jeopardy, Coloring Book, Waking Up American, and Wishing You Well. Her articles have appeared online and in magazines, including Latina, Teen Vogue, Skirt!, Health, Women’s Health, Ms., and Lifetimetv.com. She is the author of Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina. Rosie teaches a body image seminar in the Gender Studies department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and travels the country to teach body image, self-awareness, creativity, journaling, social justice, and writing workshops.
In addition to holding a degree in African-American studies from Davidson College and an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, Rosie is a certified high school social studies teacher. She lives in Davidson, North Carolina.
"Rosie Molinary's compassion pulses on every page, guiding readers through action-oriented approaches to self-acceptance with skill, grace, and empathy. Self-help has never been presented with a better chemistry of expertise and love. Readers wise enough to place their trust in her and engage with this book will be richly rewarded."
—Autumn Whitefield-Madrano, author of Face Value: The Hidden Ways Beauty Shapes Women's Lives
"Women are sick of the same tired, stale body image advice. . . . we need real, functional tips that can help us break out of a bad body image day. Rosie Molinary answers our call in Beautiful You: Her ideas are inspired, creative, and totally doable, with many carrying a trickle-down effect to the younger generation of girls. With the first day of reading it, my copy was thoroughly dog-eared."
—Leslie Goldman, author of Locker Room Diaries: The Naked Truth About Women, Body Image, and Re-imagining the "Perfect" Body
"Beautiful You is your guide to overcoming burdensome feelings and enjoying life in new ways . . . You may have shrugged it off when your mother, friend or partner assured you that you were beautiful, but you'll become a believer when Rosie tells you. In fact, you'll start telling yourself the same thing."—Michelle Icard, author of Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience The Middle School Years
"Exactly what the beauty conversation needs. With its thought-provoking content, including helpful personal essays and abundant opportunities for self-reflection, this book lovingly urges readers to embrace themselves fully in order to live a more empowered life. The world needs more books (and authors) like this!"
—Jess Weiner, CEO of Talk to Jess
"A supportive guide filled with wisdom and practical tips for taking compassionate care of our bodies and ourselves . . . It empowers us to listen to ourselves, to ask for what we need, to pursue our dreams, to surround ourselves with kind people, to build a meaningful life, whatever that looks like for us. Because we are worthy. Inherently worthy. I can't imagine a more powerful or vital message."
—Margarita Tartakovsky, PsychCentral.com
"Molinary has done a fabulous job of offering practical and doable advice to help women see--and appreciate--themselves in a whole new way, and to realize that a healthy body image is about so much more than what we think we see in the mirror. I'm giving this book my ultimate seal of approval."
—Dara Chadwick, author of You'd Be So Pretty If: Teaching Our Daughters to Love Their Bodies--Even When We Don't Love Our Own