The Chrysalis + Instinct Amulet Art Project: Self-Portrait is a based on the premise that our IDENTITY serves as our best protection: It helps us to stay in the LIGHT: A true WARRIOR advances toward POSITIVE results and DEFENDS the GOOD in his/her LIFE.

The Self-Portrait Art is based on three guiding goals: Self-Realization * Self-Value * Self-Respect * With an end goal: Self-Worth* Thirteen grade 9 students signed up and attended after school, in a classroom with lots of natural light, offered by the Principal. I brought the art supplies: the young artists created the ART. Truly EDUCATIONAL for everyone involved, in this Community Service based project.

Each Self-Portrait work BEGINS the: A Brilliant Star We Are *Self-Portrait* Art Gallery©.

Brilliant Stars
Be Free. Live Truth.
Thank You!

 

New Moon ~ March 2018

Fractured Soul

Brilliant Star 11: This art is an abstract representation of my self-portrait, to detail my fractured soul. I have scoliosis of the spine and this is something I am aware of with everything I do. And last year I also lost my best friend, my father, tragically in a car accident.

The white waves represent my spine with scoliosis. And the white crack represents my fractured soul of losing my father. I believe everyone is damaged in one way or another. The difference is whether we reveal it to others or hide it.

I show myself here as a blue sphere. When I was young, I would decipher the world around me with colours and shapes. My father is at the centre of my work and is represented by the green triangle.

Overall, this abstract art is my reflection without the mask of my face. A true representation of all the things we cannot see from the outside.

All good things possible always…

Self-Portrait Gallery

Fractured Soul "Page"

The Chrysalis + Instinct Amulet Art Project: Self-Portrait is a based on the premise that our IDENTITY serves as our best protection: It helps us to stay in the LIGHT: A true WARRIOR advances toward POSITIVE results and DEFENDS the GOOD in his/her LIFE.

The Self-Portrait Art is based on three guiding goals: Self-Realization * Self-Value * Self-Respect * With an end goal: Self-Worth* Thirteen grade 9 students signed up and attended after school, in a classroom with lots of natural light, offered by the Principal. I brought the art supplies: the young artists created the ART. Truly EDUCATIONAL for everyone involved, in this Community Service based project.

Each Self-Portrait work BEGINS the: A Brilliant Star We Are *Self-Portrait* Art Gallery©.

Brilliant Stars
Be Free. Live Truth.
Thank You!

 

New Moon ~ Feburary 2018

Hear No Evil See No Evil Speak No Evil

Brilliant Star 10:“Hear No Evil”, “See No Evil”, “Speak No Evil”, is a form of escape from today’s society. My self-portrait shows me in the clouds, where I can protect myself from the harsh realities of our world. In my imagination, I can create a world of beauty.

The background is set in space and stars, to show that I ‘reach for the stars’ with school and life. It also represents my big dreams. The butterflies symbolize my free spirit, and, my love for nature.

I used paint because it’s messier than other mediums, yet, the outcome can be beautiful. I, also, think it’s a perfect representation of life: messy and beautiful.

All good things possible always…

Self-Portrait Gallery

Hear No Evil See No Evil Speak No Evil "Page"

The Chrysalis + Instinct Amulet Art Project: Self-Portrait is a based on the premise that our IDENTITY serves as our best protection: It helps us to stay in the LIGHT: A true WARRIOR advances toward POSITIVE results and DEFENDS the GOOD in his/her LIFE.

The Self-Portrait Art is based on three guiding goals: Self-Realization * Self-Value * Self-Respect * With an end goal: Self-Worth* Thirteen grade 9 students signed up and attended after school, in a classroom with lots of natural light, offered by the Principal. I brought the art supplies: the young artists created the ART. Truly EDUCATIONAL for everyone involved, in this Community Service based project.

Each Self-Portrait work BEGINS the: A Brilliant Star We Are *Self-Portrait* Art Gallery©.

Brilliant Stars
Be Free. Live Truth.
Thank You!

 

New Moon ~ January 2018

Two-Faced

Brilliant Star 9: My self-portrait is about two faces: one that you show to the world and the other that you keep to yourself. So, basically, it is about the emotions that I allow others to see and the emotions that I don’t share.

There are two faces: one that represents my inner self, and the other my outer self.

I explored my artistic skills with a pastel medium, something I’d never used before. Normally I use shading pencils and colours, so this was out of my comfort zone. I’m glad I went for it.

I had fun doing this project.

All good things possible always…

Self-Portrait Gallery

Two-Faced – MissFifty "Page"

The Chrysalis + Instinct Amulet Art Project: Self-Portrait is a based on the premise that our IDENTITY serves as our best protection: It helps us to stay in the LIGHT: A true WARRIOR advances toward POSITIVE results and DEFENDS the GOOD in his/her LIFE.

The Self-Portrait Art is based on three guiding goals: Self-Realization * Self-Value * Self-Respect * With an end goal: Self-Worth* Thirteen grade 9 students signed up and attended after school, in a classroom with lots of natural light, offered by the Principal. I brought the art supplies: the young artists created the ART. Truly EDUCATIONAL for everyone involved, in this Community Service based project.

Each Self-Portrait work BEGINS the: A Brilliant Star We Are *Self-Portrait* Art Gallery©.

Brilliant Stars
Be Free. Live Truth.
Thank You!

 

New Moon ~ December 2017

My Light

Brilliant Star 8: My self-portrait is about discovering who I am on the inside.

The candle’s flame represents my light. It is my freedom in a dark place. It is positioned before me so that it may show me the way. I believe that my light will direct me to find the right path.

The universe surrounds me so I feel secure in this space. I guess it represents the pressure of everything leaving me.

I discovered that when things get dark in my head, I have the power to turn on my light. And as long as I keep the light on, it will lead the way to a better place.

This project was amazing and helped me face the darkness inside of me. It is a part of me that I know is real. The power to turn on the light is also real, and it helps me to understand who I want to become.

All good things possible always…

Self-Portrait Gallery

My Light – MissFifty "Page"

The Chrysalis + Instinct Amulet Art Project: Self-Portrait is a based on the premise that our IDENTITY serves as our best protection: It helps us to stay in the LIGHT: A true WARRIOR advances toward POSITIVE results and DEFENDS the GOOD in his/her LIFE.

The Self-Portrait Art is based on three guiding goals: Self-Realization * Self-Value * Self-Respect * With an end goal: Self-Worth* Thirteen grade 9 students signed up and attended after school, in a classroom with lots of natural light, offered by the Principal. I brought the art supplies: the young artists created the ART. Truly EDUCATIONAL for everyone involved, in this Community Service based project.

Each Self-Portrait work BEGINS the: A Brilliant Star We Are *Self-Portrait* Art Gallery©.

Brilliant Stars
Be Free. Live Truth.
Thank You!

 

New Moon ~ November 2017

Comfort In Chaos

Brilliant Star 7: I am able to find comfort in any storm. In my Self-Portrait, I drew myself in a nuclear apocalypse. If you look closely at my eyes, I’m not showing any signs of fear or discomfort. I believe if we make the choice, we can find tranquility even in chaos.

I love music of all genres. In my portrait, I’m listening to music; it makes things easier to process and to relax.

Que sera sera.

What will be will be.

All good things possible always…

Self-Portrait Gallery

Comfort In Chaos – MissFifty "Page"

The Chrysalis + Instinct Amulet Art Project: Self-Portrait is a based on the premise that our IDENTITY serves as our best protection: It helps us to stay in the LIGHT: A true WARRIOR advances toward POSITIVE results and DEFENDS the GOOD in his/her LIFE.

The Self-Portrait Art is based on three guiding goals: Self-Realization * Self-Value * Self-Respect * With an end goal: Self-Worth* Thirteen grade 9 students signed up and attended after school, in a classroom with lots of natural light, offered by the Principal. I brought the art supplies: the young artists created the ART. Truly EDUCATIONAL for everyone involved, in this Community Service based project.

Each Self-Portrait work BEGINS the: A Brilliant Star We Are *Self-Portrait* Art Gallery©.

Brilliant Stars
Be Free. Live Truth.
Thank You!

 

New Moon ~ October 2017

Unfinished

Brilliant Star 6: I’m not an artist but I wanted to try the self-portrait project. Although I am showing up to do the work, I am finding it hard to do this project.

It’s pretty dark in my head most days. I want it to be different: maybe not so dark all the time. But I am determined and I hope to turn things around one day.

I guess this makes me honest. And my self-respect begins with my honesty.

All good things possible always…

Self-Portrait Gallery

Unfinished – MissFifty "Page"

The Chrysalis + Instinct Amulet Art Project: Self-Portrait is a based on the premise that our IDENTITY serves as our best protection: It helps us to stay in the LIGHT: A true WARRIOR advances toward POSITIVE results and DEFENDS the GOOD in his/her LIFE.

The Self-Portrait Art is based on three guiding goals: Self-Realization * Self-Value * Self-Respect * With an end goal: Self-Worth* Thirteen grade 9 students signed up and attended after school, in a classroom with lots of natural light, offered by the Principal. I brought the art supplies: the young artists created the ART. Truly EDUCATIONAL for everyone involved, in this Community Service based project.

Each Self-Portrait work BEGINS the: A Brilliant Star We Are *Self-Portrait* Art Gallery©.

Brilliant Stars
Be Free. Live Truth.
Thank You!

 

New Moon ~ September 2017

Behind The Eyes

Brilliant Star 5: Some say the eyes are the windows to the soul. Most people know what it feels like when you want to die, but no one talks about it in detail. Yes, it’s a sensitive subject but people need to be aware. In my self-portrait, the colours are subdued: that’s because when you get clinically depressed the world just loses its colour.

The eyes show that she is blind; people are blind to see how somebody feels on the inside. The noose around her neck will obviously raise concern to the viewer. It shows that I don’t feel like being alive. The emotional sinking of depression is suggested without having to step off a chair for it to tighten.

I liked doing this project quite a lot. I’ve never done a self-portrait before, so it was fun to try. Throughout this process I was feeling extremely down, like I do most days. So I showed how I feel on the inside.

All good things possible always…

Self-Portrait Gallery

Behind The Eyes – MissFifty "Page"

The Chrysalis + Instinct Amulet Art Project: Self-Portrait is a based on the premise that our IDENTITY serves as our best protection: It helps us to stay in the LIGHT: A true WARRIOR advances toward POSITIVE results and DEFENDS the GOOD in his/her LIFE.

The Self-Portrait Art is based on three guiding goals: Self-Realization * Self-Value * Self-Respect * With an end goal: Self-Worth* Thirteen grade 9 students signed up and attended after school, in a classroom with lots of natural light, offered by the Principal. I brought the art supplies: the young artists created the ART. Truly EDUCATIONAL for everyone involved, in this Community Service based project.

Each Self-Portrait work BEGINS the: A Brilliant Star We Are *Self-Portrait* Art Gallery©.

Brilliant Stars
Be Free. Live Truth.
Thank You!

 

New Moon ~ August 2017

Mindful Release

Brilliant Star 4: The character: ME is locked up and chained which represents being closed in and alone. But CREATIVITY in the mind grants him a key that symbolizes escape or freedom from the binding chain holding him back.

The character is still not responding to creativity because he cannot be “different”. His own imposed limitations are keeping him imprisoned.

Good and bad ideas are being released from his mind. Yet one of the weirdest of ideas: his FREE WILL is granting him the freedom.

Will he honour his free will?

Will he be TRUE to himself?

Will he use the key?

All good things possible always…

Self-Portrait Gallery

Mindful Release – MissFifty "Page"

The Chrysalis + Instinct Amulet Art Project: Self-Portrait is a based on the premise that our IDENTITY serves as our best protection: It helps us to stay in the LIGHT: A true WARRIOR advances toward POSITIVE results and DEFENDS the GOOD in his/her LIFE.

The Self-Portrait Art is based on three guiding goals: Self-Realization * Self-Value * Self-Respect * With an end goal: Self-Worth* Thirteen grade 9 students signed up and attended after school, in a classroom with lots of natural light, offered by the Principal. I brought the art supplies: the young artists created the ART. Truly EDUCATIONAL for everyone involved, in this Community Service based project.

Each Self-Portrait work BEGINS the: A Brilliant Star We Are *Self-Portrait* Art Gallery©.

Brilliant Stars
Be Free. Live Truth.
Thank You!

 

New Moon ~ July 2017

Shed That Radical Gnard

Brilliant Star 3: My self-portrait represents my happy places. The ocean waves reflecting in my eyes, is when I feel the calmest. Surfing and being in the ocean is one of the things I like to do best. I just want to be a little Hawaiian baby swimming in the Pacific.

I’m wearing a bun in my portrait: it’s my signature hairstyle. My naturally long eyelashes are a physical feature I like about myself. And my big smile! (Which looks really creepy, in this artwork, just like the Cheshire Cat from Alice In Wonderland !)

I am in LOVE with the Hawaiian Islands: When I travelled there, it changed me. My dream is to own a chicken farm on the Island of Kauai.

I used my hand to make a print on my art: I love hand painting: It makes me feel like I’m five again, when I knew the world as only good. The smoke on the right of my face represents my sadness: the dark times in my life. I can’t always see the rainbow.

My face is upside down: it represents my personality: Hanging Loose.

I’m pretty proud of my portrait.

All good things possible always…

Self-Portrait Gallery

Shed That Radical Gnard – MissFifty "Page"

The Chrysalis + Instinct Amulet Art Project: Self-Portrait is a based on the premise that our IDENTITY serves as our best protection: It helps us to stay in the LIGHT: A true WARRIOR advances toward POSITIVE results and DEFENDS the GOOD in his/her LIFE.

The Self-Portrait Art is based on three guiding goals: Self-Realization * Self-Value * Self-Respect * With an end goal: Self-Worth* Thirteen grade 9 students signed up and attended after school, in a classroom with lots of natural light, offered by the Principal. I brought the art supplies: the young artists created the ART. Truly EDUCATIONAL for everyone involved, in this Community Service based project.

Each Self-Portrait work BEGINS the: A Brilliant Star We Are *Self-Portrait* Art Gallery©.

Brilliant Stars
Be Free. Live Truth.
Thank You!

 

New Moon ~ June 2017

Seedling

Brilliant Star 2: My self-portrait is what I sense I am. It is a mixture of what I feel and what is most important to me.

The purple-blue background is my attempt at recreating the colour of the Chicory flower. It is my mom’s favourite flower and I wanted to include it because she is pretty much the most important person to me, and I love her a lot.

The white flowers are Queen Anne’s Lace and they are also very special to me. The little blue flowers on “my” cheek are Forget-Me-Nots: they as well hold much meaning to me.

My green hair in the painting really represents my love and connection to nature. Even now, I still get butterflies in my stomach when I walk in the forest. If there is one place I really belong: it is in nature.

The crown of clouds around my head represents how much I daydream: I literally have my head in the clouds.

Lastly, the headphones are for listening to the music I love. Like daydreaming, I use it to block out the real world.

All good things possible always…

Self-Portrait Gallery

Seedling – MissFifty "Page"

The Chrysalis + Instinct Amulet Art Project: Self-Portrait is a based on the premise that our IDENTITY serves as our best protection: It helps us to stay in the LIGHT: A true WARRIOR advances toward POSITIVE results and DEFENDS the GOOD in his/her LIFE.

The Self-Portrait Art is based on three guiding goals: Self-Realization * Self-Value * Self-Respect * With an end goal: Self-Worth* Thirteen grade 9 students signed up and attended after school, in a classroom with lots of natural light, offered by the Principal. I brought the art supplies: the young artists created the ART. Truly EDUCATIONAL for everyone involved, in this Community Service based project.

Each Self-Portrait work BEGINS the: A Brilliant Star We Are *Self-Portrait* Art Gallery©.

Brilliant Stars
Be Free. Live Truth.
Thank You!

 

New Moon ~ May 2017

The Two Me’s

Brilliant Star 1: I’m hyperactive, I know I have two sides to my personality. My self-portrait explains it. I can be really quiet and do my own thing but, actually, I can be really wild and crazy. These two sides, in my art, creates “my person”.

I know I have the ability to find the positive in each person, or things. Each time I say something negative about someone or something, my mom asks me to say good things about it. For example: I used to be in a hard period of my life and I didn’t stop trying to denigrate myself. So for each negative word I said, my mom asked me to name three qualities that I owned.

My painting didn’t turn out the way I wanted, but I’m finding the good things in it. Maybe, one day, I’ll find all the good reasons!?

On the colourful side of my work, it describes my calm side and things that I like. On the darkness side, it has some weird shapes that represents the “crazy” me. The two sides make me think about all my qualities: determined, organized, effective, creative, sensitive etc…

All good things possible always…

Self-Portrait Gallery

The Two Me’s – MissFifty "Page"

Each of us comes here with a star, may we be guided to let it shine with all the pure light wishes our heart makes ~ Miss Fifty

New Moon ~ April 2017

New Beginnings

Miss Fifty began as a passion of my heart project. When life redirected my path out of the classroom and away from my students, I was meant to understand that SAVING my own life had to come first.

My career as a teacher was cut short due to many years of mental health and physical health challenges: eating disorders; anorexia; bulimia. So I made the choice to LIVE and reclaim ME.

After years of piecing my life back together, I found myself in a healthy body, with a functioning healthy mind, and a heart full of passion. So I made my way back to my work with young people: ONLY this time, it would be out of the classroom.

Miss Fifty’s fieldwork is ALL about giving back by providing the opportunity for YOUTH to voice their impressions of the world around them, and their place in it, through the Conversation Series and Self-Portrait Art.

Youth Mental Health Statistics are in, and they are painting a very grim picture of our Youth’s overall health. Our Modern Culture is a factor to these statistics, amongst other contributing factors. We each have a responsibility to these numbers. Each number represents a young person’s life.

I believe that when we come into service, in our own community to those who are the most vulnerable, an incredible change takes place within our own life: We find our way back to who we are meant to be.   

All good things possible always…

New Beginnings – MissFifty "Page"

Daily, people around the world are inundated with images and messages from POPULAR CULTURE (marketing) mainstream media: ads, movies, television, music, Internet, social media: depicting unrealistic beauty, sex, violence, hatred, as acceptable and normal. These disturbing images and messages dictate impossible and unhealthy standards of: How we should behave; What we should look like; What we should wear; What we should eat/drink; What music we should listen to; What cars we should drive; Where/how we should live; How much money we should have; How much we should spend; Why we should hate… This creates a toxic environment led by comparison: If I don’t look like the model in the magazine… If I don’t have the shoes/clothes/phone… If I don’t hate… I won’t measure up. Popular Culture (Pop Culture) mainstream media images and messages influence and affect everyone – with Self-Esteem absorbing a compromising hit. Most especially at risk, is the world’s YOUTH: their young minds are still developing. At this critical stage of development, a positive or negative relationship with: identity, body image and beliefs will be formed. Pop Culture marketing is expert at popularizing: What Should Be – even at the cost of psychological damage. Why? The bottom line: Profit.

12 Conversations: 12 Youth: 6 Male – 6 Female

New Moon ~ March 2017

POP CULTURE vs. SELF-ESTEEM

Does POP CULTURE mainstream media images and messages affect your SELF-ESTEEM?

Conversation Series I:

So the VERDICT is in: Yes, Pop Culture mainstream media images and messages affect Self-Esteem. As answered in Conversation Series I, with twelve Youth: 6 Female/6 Male.

So my turn now: Yes! I believe on many levels it affects me, profoundly. It has an intricately layered effect psychologically, emotionally and physically. Pop Culture has the power to wire my brain negatively, so talking about it helps me to express how I feel about things. It makes me think about the words that will give my voice the power, to turn something negative into a positive. If I’m rewiring my brain into a positive force, then I’m helping myself navigate through life, with the best version of: Me.

On the flip side: Pop Culture is ART in many forms and it can be beautiful when it serves as a CONSTRUCTIVE force. Music, film, fashion, books etc…if it’s constructive: I’m in.

Words are powerful. Conversation is ART. My brain is off limits to the breeding ground of negativity. If I practice conversation in a creative way to express emotion, then I am reclaiming my voice in a world so determined to silence me. I want my ideas and impressions to nourish my psyche. If my psyche is healthy, then my outlook on life will be too.

On the Scales of Justice: I want my voice to count for something positive. I want my voice to mean something good. Even if the negative surrounds me, I want to know that my words can create positive where there is none. I have to believe that when my words lead to positive action, no matter how much I’m weighed down by the negative, I can still measure up with the power of the spoken word. My word is my Self-Respect and I’m in charge of that 24/7.

All good things possible always…

POP CULTURE vs. SELF-ESTEEM – MissFifty "Page"

Daily, people around the world are inundated with images and messages from POPULAR CULTURE (marketing) mainstream media: ads, movies, television, music, Internet, social media: depicting unrealistic beauty, sex, violence, hatred, as acceptable and normal. These disturbing images and messages dictate impossible and unhealthy standards of: How we should behave; What we should look like; What we should wear; What we should eat/drink; What music we should listen to; What cars we should drive; Where/how we should live; How much money we should have; How much we should spend; Why we should hate… This creates a toxic environment led by comparison: If I don’t look like the model in the magazine… If I don’t have the shoes/clothes/phone… If I don’t hate… I won’t measure up. Popular Culture (Pop Culture) mainstream media images and messages influence and affect everyone – with Self-Esteem absorbing a compromising hit. Most especially at risk, is the world’s YOUTH: their young minds are still developing. At this critical stage of development, a positive or negative relationship with: identity, body image and beliefs will be formed. Pop Culture marketing is expert at popularizing: What Should Be – even at the cost of psychological damage. Why? The bottom line: Profit.

12 Conversations: 12 Youth: 6 Male – 6 Female

New Moon ~ February 2017

POP CULTURE vs. SELF-ESTEEM

Does POP CULTURE mainstream media images and messages affect your SELF-ESTEEM?

Conversations ~Youth (Female) #6:

Pop culture has been affecting my self-esteem, for as long as I can remember. These pictures and ads calling in young people, making them feel that they need to look, act, and become a different person are real. The messages are clear: you have to be thin, rich and pretty, to be in this group. Or you need this phone and this haircut, to be this person. And it’s not just the ads that you see and different messages being portrayed, but the people around you who get sucked into the whole scene.

When you surround yourself with people who are obsessed with their image, popularity, and the idea of some superhuman perfectionism it’s going to affect you: much sooner than later.

Comparing yourself in mirrors to celebrities and models (whose images are airbrushed and reshaped) does affect you. And when you don’t follow the standard of pop culture, or you don’t have the means to, that’s when the problems start. People make fun of you for trying to fit in.

As youth, we try to live up to these expectations that have been outlined for us. We beg our parents for whatever newest product that this celebrity is promoting, or that “something” that costs a crazy amount of money. All because we are being conditioned to think that we need whatever it is they’re selling. Because that “thing” we buy is somehow going to make our life better.

In actuality, I tried to be that person. I thought having the coolest “trend” and hanging out with people, I thought were cool, would make me cool.

I would be online looking up tips on how to get skinny quick, and tricks to be the most attractive. I was underage and I was drinking and smoking cigarettes. Somehow, we would always end up talking some older guy into buying the alcohol and cigarettes for us. It was becoming a way of life. I stopped focusing on school and things that really were important and started focusing on things that weren’t: clothes, pop stars, my popularity, and meaningless friendships. After hitting my version of rock bottom, I realized something: I was trying to be someone else and this was becoming very tiring. I was wearing a mask for the outside world.

So it made me think:
1) I didn’t have to fit in
2) I was worth so much more.
3) And it’s okay to be different.

Lastly I realized that it was better to learn to love myself for my flaws and blemishes than to try to fit into to the “mold” that society wants for me.

Self-Esteem is something I believe is extremely important, it goes with self-love. Learning to love who you really are is the first step.
Learning to embrace yourself, by voicing your opinions positively is also the right step. Building yourself up on good things can only help you strive to keep your life positive. And it helps a lot with confidence.

By loving and wearing that dress/shirt, even though it’s not what everyone else is wearing is a choice. By listening to a band because you actually like their music, even if they didn’t win any awards, is also another choice. All these choices help you to live true. You are allowed to have differences because everyone is different for a reason. And you are allowed to THINK for yourself.

Once you truly believe and love yourself, that’s when you know you have changed. You have created your path out of stars and dreams that you love, not out of things someone tells you to love.

All good things possible always…

POP CULTURE vs. SELF-ESTEEM – MissFifty "Page"

Daily, people around the world are inundated with images and messages from POPULAR CULTURE (marketing) mainstream media: ads, movies, television, music, Internet, social media: depicting unrealistic beauty, sex, violence, hatred, as acceptable and normal. These disturbing images and messages dictate impossible and unhealthy standards of: How we should behave; What we should look like; What we should wear; What we should eat/drink; What music we should listen to; What cars we should drive; Where/how we should live; How much money we should have; How much we should spend; Why we should hate… This creates a toxic environment led by comparison: If I don’t look like the model in the magazine… If I don’t have the shoes/clothes/phone… If I don’t hate… I won’t measure up. Popular Culture (Pop Culture) mainstream media images and messages influence and affect everyone – with Self-Esteem absorbing a compromising hit. Most especially at risk, is the world’s YOUTH: their young minds are still developing. At this critical stage of development, a positive or negative relationship with: identity, body image and beliefs will be formed. Pop Culture marketing is expert at popularizing: What Should Be – even at the cost of psychological damage. Why? The bottom line: Profit.

12 Conversations: 12 Youth: 6 Male – 6 Female

New Moon ~ January 2017

POP CULTURE vs. SELF-ESTEEM

Does POP CULTURE mainstream media images and messages affect your SELF-ESTEEM?

Conversations ~Youth (Male) #6:

I see a lot of images like ads on billboards, when I’m driving with my mom or dad and that’s fine with me. I know they are trying to sell things. And sometimes when I see something I want, like: running shoes or skateboards or let’s say technological devices, I ask for them as presents for my birthday or Christmas. I’m still really young though and if I get what I ask for or not, I still have the BEST parents. So I guess the ads do affect me because it makes me want to buy things.

I have a social media account. And I do go on the Internet.

My social media account is private, and when I’m using it: my parents supervise me. As for the Internet: I’m always looking for hockey videos. I like watching the plays. I want to be a better hockey player, so I watch and then practice the moves on the ice. That’s really all I look at on the Internet. Again, my parents supervise while I’m on the computer. I have the BEST parents because they care what I’m exposed to.

I watch age appropriate movies. But sometimes there is violence, and I don’t like it. You know, at school there are fights on the playground. There’s this one kid who starts a lot of the fights, but I think he has issues at home. And maybe the school doesn’t really know how to deal with him. So I try my best to defend myself, if he starts a fight with me. I don’t like violence at all. And it’s all around us. Even at school. So watching it on television or in the movies wouldn’t make me feel good.

I’m young and I can see the world as: Not the worst place, but it’s also not the best place either. I think it’s good to know about what’s going on in the world. Maybe I can make it a better place by being a good person. I’m learning that from my mom and dad. It’s probably why I can look in the mirror and smile at myself. I like what I see. And I like who I am. So I guess a have a pretty positive self-esteem.

All good things possible always…

POP CULTURE vs. SELF-ESTEEM – MissFifty "Page"

Daily, people around the world are inundated with images and messages from POPULAR CULTURE (marketing) mainstream media: ads, movies, television, music, Internet, social media: depicting unrealistic beauty, sex, violence, hatred, as acceptable and normal. These disturbing images and messages dictate impossible and unhealthy standards of: How we should behave; What we should look like; What we should wear; What we should eat/drink; What music we should listen to; What cars we should drive; Where/how we should live; How much money we should have; How much we should spend; Why we should hate… This creates a toxic environment led by comparison: If I don’t look like the model in the magazine… If I don’t have the shoes/clothes/phone… If I don’t hate… I won’t measure up. Popular Culture (Pop Culture) mainstream media images and messages influence and affect everyone – with Self-Esteem absorbing a compromising hit. Most especially at risk, is the world’s YOUTH: their young minds are still developing. At this critical stage of development, a positive or negative relationship with: identity, body image and beliefs will be formed. Pop Culture marketing is expert at popularizing: What Should Be – even at the cost of psychological damage. Why? The bottom line: Profit.

12 Conversations: 12 Youth: 6 Male – 6 Female

New Moon ~ December 2016

POP CULTURE vs. SELF-ESTEEM

Does POP CULTURE mainstream media images and messages affect your SELF-ESTEEM?

Conversations ~Youth (Female) #5:

Yes. I think it definitely does. It sets up a sort of expectation that I feel like I should reach.

I continuously compare myself to celebrities and feel like: if I don’t meet a certain standard of body weight, height or general appearance, I won’t be pretty.

I think that the media portrays women in a certain way and if you don’t conform to their ideal of beauty, you aren’t beautiful.

I try to deal with this by surrounding myself with people who are not too self-conscious and who are more positive. My best friend (for example) has helped me a lot with my self-esteem, over the years. It’s hard to deal with self-esteem issues because no matter what anyone else says (in your favour) you’ll never believe them. But I feel that as I grow older, I’m having less and less problems.

I think that self-esteem issues are forever going to be present, because I will always compare myself to other girls. But I think: these challenges are also connected with identity issues. So as I understand who I am better, I’ll start to accept myself more.

All good things possible always…

POP CULTURE vs. SELF-ESTEEM – MissFifty "Page"

Daily, people around the world are inundated with images and messages from POPULAR CULTURE (marketing) mainstream media: ads, movies, television, music, Internet, social media: depicting unrealistic beauty, sex, violence, hatred, as acceptable and normal. These disturbing images and messages dictate impossible and unhealthy standards of: How we should behave; What we should look like; What we should wear; What we should eat/drink; What music we should listen to; What cars we should drive; Where/how we should live; How much money we should have; How much we should spend; Why we should hate… This creates a toxic environment led by comparison: If I don’t look like the model in the magazine… If I don’t have the shoes/clothes/phone… If I don’t hate… I won’t measure up. Popular Culture (Pop Culture) mainstream media images and messages influence and affect everyone – with Self-Esteem absorbing a compromising hit. Most especially at risk, is the world’s YOUTH: their young minds are still developing. At this critical stage of development, a positive or negative relationship with: identity, body image and beliefs will be formed. Pop Culture marketing is expert at popularizing: What Should Be – even at the cost of psychological damage. Why? The bottom line: Profit.

12 Conversations: 12 Youth: 6 Male – 6 Female

New Moon ~ November 2016

POP CULTURE vs. SELF-ESTEEM

Does POP CULTURE mainstream media images and messages affect your SELF-ESTEEM?

Youth (Male) #5:

It doesn’t affect me really. I’ve always been the odd one out and, over time, I’ve learned to not let this bother me. I’ve built positive self-esteem by being resistant. By being the odd one out.

It also helps that I’m not on social media.

I have my group of friends: We’re about thirteen in all and we look out for one another. I also have many acquaintances that I like, but I don’t consider them my friends.

When I think about self-esteem and how mine could be compromised, I can say this: I am affected by the injustice in situations. Particularly, when people hurt others.

Also, my self-esteem would definitely be compromised if: I did something wrong that made my family and friends think less of me. I do not want to hurt the people who love and care for me.

All good things possible always…

POP CULTURE vs. SELF-ESTEEM – MissFifty "Page"

Daily, people around the world are inundated with images and messages from POPULAR CULTURE (marketing) mainstream media: ads, movies, television, music, Internet, social media: depicting unrealistic beauty, sex, violence, hatred, as acceptable and normal. These disturbing images and messages dictate impossible and unhealthy standards of: How we should behave; What we should look like; What we should wear; What we should eat/drink; What music we should listen to; What cars we should drive; Where/how we should live; How much money we should have; How much we should spend; Why we should hate… This creates a toxic environment led by comparison: If I don’t look like the model in the magazine… If I don’t have the shoes/clothes/phone… If I don’t hate… I won’t measure up. Popular Culture (Pop Culture) mainstream media images and messages influence and affect everyone – with Self-Esteem absorbing a compromising hit. Most especially at risk, is the world’s YOUTH: their young minds are still developing. At this critical stage of development, a positive or negative relationship with: identity, body image and beliefs will be formed. Pop Culture marketing is expert at popularizing: What Should Be – even at the cost of psychological damage. Why? The bottom line: Profit.

12 Conversations: 12 Youth: 6 Male – 6 Female

New Moon ~ October 2016

POP CULTURE vs. SELF-ESTEEM

Does POP CULTURE mainstream media images and messages affect your SELF-ESTEEM?

Youth (Female) #4:

I do believe that pop culture influences my life. As a young person, I am subjected to a multitude of ever changing expectations of how I should live. With regard to media: it can be entertaining and serve as a good source of information, but it also has a dark side. It lays every one of us out on the table and if you’re not “pretty”, “thin”, or “rich” enough, you aren’t as important or “liked”. But who is to decide? We make ourselves believe these ratings truly define us as a person, they don’t. We fight this battle of just trying to be ourselves when media is showing us that we should want more, more, and more. This leads to a personal push and pull inside your head slowly shaping you, making you more cynical, critical, and sometimes depressed, while you try and try to depict this image of yourself that other people will enjoy. But do YOU enjoy it?

Are we losing ourselves in this unobtainable imagery?

Sometimes when I get caught up with these people who are famous and publicly loved, I have to stop and tell myself, “There are thirty other people we don’t see who designed that photo with touch-ups, air brushing etc… to make MONEY”. These photos are only of their ‘good side’ and models are posed and dressed to appear taller, thinner, and sexier than an average person. Companies only choose these beautiful men and women because that is where their profit comes from.

Gender: As women we are told we should always be dressed well, hair and makeup done, hold the house, and have dinner ready. Realistically, most families require the men and women to work equal amounts, yet women still feel they’re not doing enough to please and keep someone.

Judgment: It makes me sad that when we look at another person we jump to judge them, and compare ourselves to try and feel better about what we have. Most people don’t even realize they’re doing it, myself included.

Social Media: It pains me to see the negative comments rolling down posts on social media, the negative people seem to band together. Those things don’t stay with the ones who say them, but I know they stay with the person they’re being said to.

In a society where there are no more closed doors, it is hard to keep your head above water. I want others to see the silver lining in the images that taint our views subconsciously. Instead of buying into it, just feel good about yourself and feel good about others, because it’s a big world and there’s so much we don’t see. Keep telling yourself you are smart and beautiful. And we will be strong. One can’t change society, but many can.

All good things possible always…

POP CULTURE vs. SELF-ESTEEM – MissFifty "Page"

Daily, people around the world are inundated with images and messages from POPULAR CULTURE (marketing) mainstream media: ads, movies, television, music, Internet, social media: depicting unrealistic beauty, sex, violence, hatred, as acceptable and normal. These disturbing images and messages dictate impossible and unhealthy standards of: How we should behave; What we should look like; What we should wear; What we should eat/drink; What music we should listen to; What cars we should drive; Where/how we should live; How much money we should have; How much we should spend; Why we should hate… This creates a toxic environment led by comparison: If I don’t look like the model in the magazine… If I don’t have the shoes/clothes/phone… If I don’t hate… I won’t measure up. Popular Culture (Pop Culture) mainstream media images and messages influence and affect everyone – with Self-Esteem absorbing a compromising hit. Most especially at risk, is the world’s YOUTH: their young minds are still developing. At this critical stage of development, a positive or negative relationship with: identity, body image and beliefs will be formed. Pop Culture marketing is expert at popularizing: What Should Be – even at the cost of psychological damage. Why? The bottom line: Profit.

12 Conversations: 12 Youth: 6 Male – 6 Female

New Moon ~ September 30th, 2016

POP CULTURE vs. SELF-ESTEEM

Does POP CULTURE mainstream media images and messages affect your SELF-ESTEEM?

Youth (Male) #4:

I believe that the NEW pop culture ABSOLUTELY affects and influences today’s modern youth.  Our new society is creating unrealistic stereotypes and NEW norms that should not be.

Pop Culture can push you to the limit!

Look at the lip challenge put out by a “certain” female celebrity, last year, on how to get her “puffy” lips!  This crazy NEW trend, in which teens attempted to get lips like her, sent many young people to the hospital! The teens that took on her challenge placed their lips in small glasses and sucked. The results were savage: bleeding lips, facial bruising, burst blood vessels and PERMANENT painful disfigurement of the lips. All this because of the act of one EGO driven celebrity!

We should always try our best to not be influenced by things that we see or read, in pop culture. We should always try and form our own point of view.  We should, also, as much as we can, remain neutral in the face of pop culture’s challenges and trends. We should not act without thinking of the potential harm and consequences.

Even if some aspects of pop culture bring us joy and happiness, it can just as easily create unrealistic standards, points of view, and ideas.

All good things possible always…

POP CULTURE vs. SELF-ESTEEM – MissFifty "Page"

Daily, people around the world are inundated with images and messages from POPULAR CULTURE (marketing) mainstream media: ads, movies, television, music, Internet, social media: depicting unrealistic beauty, sex, violence, hatred, as acceptable and normal. These disturbing images and messages dictate impossible and unhealthy standards of: How we should behave; What we should look like; What we should wear; What we should eat/drink; What music we should listen to; What cars we should drive; Where/how we should live; How much money we should have; How much we should spend; Why we should hate… This creates a toxic environment led by comparison: If I don’t look like the model in the magazine… If I don’t have the shoes/clothes/phone… If I don’t hate… I won’t measure up. Popular Culture (Pop Culture) mainstream media images and messages influence and affect everyone – with Self-Esteem absorbing a compromising hit. Most especially at risk, is the world’s YOUTH: their young minds are still developing. At this critical stage of development, a positive or negative relationship with: identity, body image and beliefs will be formed. Pop Culture marketing is expert at popularizing: What Should Be – even at the cost of psychological damage. Why? The bottom line: Profit.

12 Conversations: 12 Youth: 6 Male – 6 Female

New Moon ~ September 1st, 2016

POP CULTURE vs. SELF-ESTEEM

Does POP CULTURE mainstream media images and messages affect your SELF-ESTEEM?

Youth (Female) #3:

Pop culture definitely affects youth self-esteem. Although, I think that people often think that the effects are always bad, but this is not always the case! For example: If I’m looking through a fashion magazine and I see a shirt or a pair of jeans I own, then I most probably will feel ahead of the “trends”. And this may give me a boost of self-esteem, rather than lower it.

Now, I realize that NOT all effects of pop culture are good for self-esteem. Ads, magazines, television shows, social media and countless other popular trends, are presented with Photoshop selling brand name clothing and products through UNREALISTIC images. This creates a FAKE image that leads people to believe they want better looks, bigger houses, more money, etc.

When I think of myself, in terms of popular culture, I FEEL that I have really been swept into it. I have never been into fashion trends and if I don’t I like something, no one can convince me to like it. Yet, the more I think of it, the more I realize I AM affected.

When I FEEL I need whiter teeth, after watching a tooth paste commercial, or I FEEL I need a better body after watching a summer movie, I am being AFFECTED.

I am affected without REALIZING that I am being affected. I downgrade myself without even acknowledging that I am doing it. I know I am NOT the only person who does it, and this is where it becomes an ISSUE. We need to see that pop culture is MADE–UP and that it’s NOT real. Instead, we need to understand that we are all INDIVIDUALS and we are all DIFFERENT –and this is an AMAZING thing!

YES popular culture affects YOUTH SELF-ESTEEM and YES it affects me.

All good things possible always…

POP CULTURE vs. SELF-ESTEEM – MissFifty "Page"