About UVM Beauty Week:
Challenging the beauty standard is central to our mission but we wanted to come up with fresh ways to do that. Our rich and vibrant planning conversations were ripe with very positive examples of real women, doing powerful and transformative work around the world. We believe that ALL women are beautiful, that’s old news, but our culture’s obsession with a fictitious, exclusive, harmful beauty standard does so much to hurt women, not the least of which is the trivializing of all of the other incredible things that women are and the work that they are doing. We selected the film Arise for this very reason. Arise showcases women around the world doing amazing work to heal the planet and take back the future and wellbeing of their community. We do not see this in popular media because of the obsession with women as “beauty objects” and commodities. We decided to host an alternative beauty products expo both because we value women’s bodies and feel that education around the harm conventional products can do is lacking and because many of these companies are women owned. Unspoken Beauty will showcase women doing more incredible work as local artists Denise Casey and Pandora Scooter, along with UVM community members come together to use their art form to speak out against oppressive beauty standards. Our Eat the Cake element is meant to speak to guilt free eating and the unrealistic and harmful expectations the beauty standard places on women all day, every day. We want to say that there is no one way to be beautiful, that ALL women are beautiful and then we want to say, okay now that we’ve got that settled let’s move on because women are also building community, making art, transforming spaces and changing the world!