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TRENDS - Fashion and Dignity for Teens


Figuring out who you are, what is expected of you, and who you want to be is not a simple task for anyone. For teenage girls, developing personal confidence and style is a challenge when faced with an onslaught of media imagery and social pressure.

The beauty industry's relationship to feminism got more complicated as Dove launched their Real Beauty campaign. Applauded by some and questioned by others, it certainly raises the discussion of girls and media to the meta level.

TRENDS is a fashion club for teenage girls who love fashion but are determined not to be victims. Invited to attend a TRENDS meeting, I talked about fashion illustration and fashion school. Reminded of how insecure I was as a teenager, I was amazed to realize how audacious I have become. It was cool to share my experience with a group of thoughtful younger girls.

The TRENDS meeting on December 15 features a political image consultant speaking on Leadership & Beauty - an interesting chance to discuss the power of appearances with a professional. New members are welcome, call Jocelyne at 416 225 0331 for details.

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