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The Self-Love Revolution

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Between film, television, magazines, and the inescapable internet, teen girls are perpetually bombarded with unrealistic images and expectations. Twenty-three-year-old actresses play high school students, idolized celebrities tout weight-loss shakes on Instagram, and snake-oil cures for cellulite pop up in targeted ads. For teen girls of color, the situation is even more complex, with representation thin on the ground of popular culture and rife with harmful stereotypes. The global preference toward Western beauty standards pressures girls of color into chemical hair treatments, painful skin-bleaching, and cosmetic surgery, and Virgie Tovar decided to do something about it with her slim self-help guide The Self-Love Revolution: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color. Understanding the need for advice tailored toward the specific trials of girls of color, Virgie turns her expertise in fat discrimination and body image to addressing their needs. The end result is a frank, fun, and empowering self-help title that treats its audience—and the weight of their challenges—with respect and dignity, and is required reading for anyone who is, was, or seeks to change the world for teen girls everywhere.

The Self-Love Revolution: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color
Virgie Tovar
Instant Help Books
May 2020
Softcover $16.95 (184pp)

Danielle Ballantyne

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