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February 25, 2009 > The "Love your Body" fashion show

The "Love your Body" fashion show

When Joy Wang, a senior at Fremont's Irvington High School, began working on her QUEST project, she was eager to address the topic of body image and eating disorders.

Every senior at Irvington High School must complete the QUEST project in order to graduate. QUEST, an acronym for Question, Understand, Experience, Service and Testimony, involves yearlong research, community service, job shadowing, and a student-initiated service project. It is designed to test students' abilities to apply what they learned in school to public service.

Each student chooses an essential question that is related to an issue they would like to address. For Wang, it was: "How does the mass media affect American teenagers' body image and impact the issue of eating disorders?" She aims to play a role in counteracting the effects of teenagers' unrealistic images of "beauty" in her community and is currently working with the Eating Disorder Resource Center, based in Campbell, as well as Fremont Unified School District Communication Officer, Nicole Steward, to achieve her mission.

All her efforts will culminate on Saturday, February 28th, the last day of National Eating Disorder Week, in her "Love Your Body" fashion show.

"Many teenagers - both boys and girls - have felt the pressure of being thin and fit in today's society. Whether it's because of the media or their peers, no one can deny the fact that the standards of being beautiful has [sic] been set to a size zero," said Wang.

"The purpose of my project is to let people realize that we don't have to starve ourselves to look and feel beautiful, [sic] we are beautiful just the way we are."

Wang hopes to raise awareness of eating disorders in her community, helping people understand that eating disorders are serious medical problems that need to be properly addressed as both physical and mental illnesses. For the fashion show, she plans on inviting models that look "real" or have dealt with eating disorders at some point in their lives, to send her audience the message that thinness is not a prerequisite for beauty.

"Love Your Body" fashion show
Saturday, Feb. 28
Contact Joy Wang at joychristianawang@gmail.com for more information.

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