Salem State University’s Women’s Center Empowers Women by Redefining Beauty

Lindsay Kite and Lexie Kite are identical twin sisters with PhDs in the study of the media and how it affects body image from the University of Utah. Some people become professors or do research with their doctoral degrees, however, these sisters started a foundation that combats the negative effect of the messages of the media on women and girls.


These two twins now tour colleges across the US with presentations made up of, “Our co-authored master’s thesis and complementary doctoral dissertations form the basis for a popular and empowering visual presentation, which we have presented to tens of thousands of people across the U.S. since 2009.” The presentation continues the discussion of body image, and what is considered “healthy” and “beautiful.” This discussion is imperative today considering the rising rate of eating disorders and body shame.


“Researchers have found that overweight girls who were more comfortable with their bodies were more likely to make healthy choices as they entered young adulthood. The girls who felt good about  themselves were more likely to be physically active and pay more attention to what they ate. Meanwhile, the girls who were the most dissatisfied with their size tended to become more sedentary over time and paid less attention to maintaining a healthy diet.”

I hope you’re as excited as I am for the “Redefining Beauty” talk on Wednesday, October 29 from 7-9 PM in Vets Hall!



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