Celebrate healthy beauty by telling real people's body stories

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About this Project

22.08.2012 - UPDATE FROM BODY GOSSIP

Body Gossip receives stories from all over the UK. We showcase these stories by turning them into short films performed by a celebrity cast, including Natalie Cassidy, Louisa Lytton, Nikki Grahame, Anne Diamond and Terri Dwyer to name but a few.

We will use our first milestone to make one of these films, which will be uploaded onto our YouTube channel so that its positive message can be viewed by thousands all over the world - reassuring others with similar worries that they are not alone.

Our landmark film 'This One is for You' (which you can watch above) has been viewed nearly 50,000 times, and many people watch it every day to feel better about themselves.

This unique form of solidarity is our trademark at Body Gossip - using the internet and celebrity culture to empower real voices and real bodies, so that we're all standing together in the Beauty Battle.


ABOUT Body Gossip

Too many people believe that their body is not good enough, and that therefore they are not good enough. Body Gossip aims to change this belief -- to encourage acceptance, confidence and enjoyment for EVERY body.

We invite you and other people in the UK to write your own story about your own body. This is an incredibly cathartic act in itself. But chosen stories are also performed by celebrities both live onstage and in short films, which gives us all a powerful voice to shout about our own, unique and realistic beauty.

Body Gossip aims to spread its message across the world – and you can be right there helping us do this by supporting us as well as telling your own story. Go Getters will have their names credited on the films they help to make, and Heavy Hitters will star in the film of their choice! And every single one of you will be at the forefront of a positive body image movement that goes straight to the heart of the body image problem. Every real-life story you help to tell means that thousands more people are reassured that their own unique beauty is something worth celebrating.

Here are some testimonies from people who have written their own Body Gossip story:

“Thanks for the dedication and belief you have shown in my writing. It has helped me to remain strong and find strength in the continuing recovery of my illness.” - LN

"I found it so helpful to write down my feelings, as I have felt so so alone, especially when I first became ill, I felt like I was the only person on the planet who felt like I did and I was so confused and misunderstood.” - SW



Get Involved


Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out:
If you have...
2 minutes –
Please click on www.facebook.com/bodygossip and join the Body Gossip Facebook group, and Like our fan page: http://bit.ly/aYKSUJ

You can also follow Body Gossip on Twitter: @bodygossipruth

5 minutes –
Watch our first 2 films on the Body Gossip website: www.bodygossip.org
15 minutes –
Invite your friends and family to join our Facebook group and watch our videos – and if you've got time after that, watch the film of our theatre premiere: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8cWAiTf620
30 minutes –
Watch all of Body Gossip's films, available on www.youtube.com/bodygossip, choose your favourite and share it on facebook/twitter/youtube.
A few hours –
Write your story about your body and send it to the Body Gossip writing competition: www.bodygossip.org/competition
A regular time commitment –
We are always looking for people to help with the Body Gossip movement - whether it's helping us to make a short online film, or being trained to help with a Body Gossip body confidence workshop in schools. Just email ruth@bodygossip.org.
 

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Geographical coverage
Within UK
What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Body Gossip addresses the issue of body image, and the discovery that the majority of people, mostly women, in the UK are not happy with their body. This is due to: unrealistic and unattainable beauty role models that bombard us every day from magazines and billboards; the rise of anorexia and bulimia as young people struggle to emulate shrinking celebrity bodies; the rise of obesity due to a more sedentary lifestyle and an increase of unhealthy food in our diets; the breakdown of communication about healthy, natural beauty.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
Only 2% of women in the UK are 'happy with their body' and more than seven out of 10 women think 'their whole life would improve greatly if they had a good body' (71%). Nine out of 10 British women diet (88%) - 41% 'constantly'. (Source: Grazia survey of 5,000 women.)

According to a study by Dr David Giles, men who regularly read ‘lads’ magazines’ are increasingly obsessive about their body image, resulting in them doing excessive exercise and possibly taking steroids to improve their physique. A quarter of all people suffering from anorexia are school-age boys. (Source: Beat).
What is your solution?
We believe that celebrity influence greatly increases the power of a campaign's message - this is unavoidable in today's society. Body Gossip allows real people's body stories to be performed by celebrities - not only is the winning writer hugely empowered by having their story told, but every person in the UK with similar body concerns is instantly reassured that they are not alone.
How will you deliver this?
1. The cathartic act of writing your body story and sending it to an anonymous ear. Once the stories are written, many people feel instantly better, as though a weight has been lifted from their shoulders.

2. The chance for your story to be performed by a celebrity actor. The celebrity element empowers the story and raises its profile and importance.

3. The chance to see celebrities donating their time to perform real people's body stories that may be similar to your own, which reassures the viewer that they are not alone in their body concerns.
 

About Us


Vision and Mission
Too many people believe that their body isn’t good enough, and that therefore they are not good enough. Body Gossip aims to change that belief, to encourage acceptance, confidence and enjoyment of our bodies.

Body Gossip has launched a National Writing Competition, inviting everyone in the UK to write their story about their body. The most powerful stories are performed either live onstage by celebrity actors at high profile theatre events, or made into online short films for the Body Gossip youtube channel – www.youtube.com/bodygossip - and website – www.bodygossip.org.

Body Gossip is committed to breaking the conspiracy of silence, by opening a robust, dynamic debate about body image through drama.
Our Track Record
Last year we produced 3 live theatre events, 2 in London (both sold out!) and 1 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, starring – among others – Natalie Cassidy, Anne Diamond, Nikki Grahame and Shobna Gulati. To view a film of our premiere please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8cWAiTf620
Last year we had articles in many major newspapers and magazines, and TV appearances on ITV and Sky1.
This year we have made 2 short films with celebrities such as Caryn Franklin and Zaraah Abrahams, which can be viewed on our homepage: www.bodygossip.org
This year we have also formed a partnership with the National Osteoporosis Society and this partnership has hosted a Body Gossip stand at The Clothes Show in June 2009, an installation at the Secret Garden Party Festival, and a planned live theatre performance in London on World Osteoporosis Day (20th October 2010).
Future plans include a partnership with the YMCA, and work with the positive body image coalition, consisting of all-party government involvement, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, the Girl Guides, Susie Orbach and Lynne Featherstone.
Who Do We Help?
Everyone has a story about their body.

Body Gossip gives us all a powerful voice to shout about our own, unique and realistic beauty and to create a community of people dedicated to changing the way beauty is perceived.

So far, Body Gossip has received stories from all age groups, and from both men and women. However, the majority of stories are written by young women aged 16-24.
How Do We Deliver This?
1. The Body Gossip website (www.bodygossip.org) and youtube channel (www.youtube.com/bodygossip): films and photographs depicting past performances and events; expert advice; the chance to submit your story; inspiration and forum chat.
2. Both live (theatre) and filmed (online) performances where celebrities perform real people's body stories.
3. Schools Campaign: body confidence workshops; support for students to write and perform in their own Body Gossip shows.
4. The Gossip Cafe: a venue where people gossip about their bodies, by writing and drawing on the furniture and walls, turning it into a visual representation of the UK's views about body image.
Awards and Accreditations
1. Big Boost Award Winner 2007
2. Unltd Level 1 Award Winner 2008
3. Mentored by Actis
4. In Partnership with the National Osteoporosis Society and the YMCA
Project Contact Details
Ruth Rogers
ruth@bodygossip.org
Organisation Details
The Society Monologues Ltd
2 Brownsea Court 160 Clarence Road
London, Greater London
E5 8EF, UNITED KINGDOM

07740195893
www.bodygossip.org

Company Limited by Shares #06138813

Share Your Comments

cupcakequeen
Done :)
27/08/2012

Theresa
Hi Body Gossip Fans, Cheerleaders and Backers - Ruth has canvased her crowd and they agreed it made good sense to extend her timeline as Body Gossip has some big plans for 2012 and want to leverage those activities to feed into their fundraising efforts!

Cheers, Theresa @ Buzzzbnk
20/10/2011

bluegroper
Good luck with the fundraising Ruth
23/03/2011

Tom Kerr Williams
Really hope you make the target. All I want is the t-shirt. Tom
04/03/2011

BodyGossipRuth
Thanks so much Claudia, and for all your support in the past x
20/01/2011

 

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We will use our first milestone to make one of our films, highlighting positive body stories, so that our and your positive messages can be viewed by thousands all over the world.
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