Being "human" requires a basic sense of self-awareness, but in a society where media representations are constantly being modified and manipulated through photoshop, how can you truly gain an understanding of who you are as a person? Stacy Nadeau was a participant in the original Dove Real Beauty campaign - a campaign that celebrates the natural physical variation embodied by all women and inspires them to have confidence and be comfortable with themselves. Since then, she has gone on to combat the media’s portrayal of beauty by speaking with young men and women about how to embrace the real beauty within themselves. Stacy has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, Ellen, and Oprah, all with the aim of promoting the idea of “real women.”
Stacy's visit to campus will coincide with Eating Disorder Awareness Week, which is held the last week in February. With eating disorders affecting approximately 10% of college females, Stacy is a perfect advocate to speak to students about discovering a true sense of self without the pressures of society and media. Once students can achieve such an awareness, they will be able to move past their flaws and imperfections, which the media and society feed on, and achieve their highest potential as a student, friend, and human.