(via York Dispatch)
Four York County Girl Scouts have felt the sting of exposure to altered photos in the media, having unrealistic expectations of their bodies because of what they'd seen portrayed on TV and in magazines.
So to encourage other young girls to celebrate their bodies rather than compare them to impossible standards, the girls from Troop 20033 made it the focus of a project.
The Scouts — Gillian DeWit, 16, and Madison Reinsel, Maria Hilbert and Sarah Philbin, all 15 — were honored recently with the Senior Visionary Award for that project, which shed light on how the media affects girls' body images.
'The Perception': The award is available to ninth- and 10th-graders whose projects present real-life opportunities to make a positive difference in other girls' lives.
Girl Scouts are asked to consider the world's imperfections and their effects on girls around the world, and to envision an ideal world that respects their needs, values and interests as females.
The project requires Scouts to develop an artistic representation of their ideal world, for which Troop 20033 made a 16-minute film, "The Perception."
They conducted research for the short film by interviewing students from Stevenson University and other Scouts about their perceptions of the relationship between body image and the media.
The Scouts' research found that young adults are aware of how much photos in the media are altered,...