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Solutionaries Spotlight: Redefining Beauty for People with Differences

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 18, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection
The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Humane Education website at http://humaneeducation.org/blog/2013/06/18/solutionaries-spotlight-redefining-beauty-people-differences/

Western society has a pretty specific definition of beauty, which often wreaks havoc on the emotional and physical lives of women of all ages. We hear messages about being beautiful just like we are; we read about programs to improve the self-esteem of young women and girls; we see efforts to rethink beauty in the public eye.

Rick Guidotti spent years photographing women who fit the Western definition of beauty, but in the last 15 years he has turned his passion and talents to “reinterpreting beauty” — transforming “public perceptions of people living with genetic, physical and behavioral differences – from albinism to autism” and, through educational and advocacy programs via his non-profit organization, Positive Exposure, working worldwide “to promote a more inclusive, compassionate world where differences are celebrated.”

Here’s a recent NBC News story about Guidotti and his work:

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If you’re a concerned citizen or changemaker, Guidotti’s work is a wonderful, uplifting, instructive example to share with others.

If you’re a humane educator, be sure to add Guidotti’s work to your toolbox. Whether you’re studying human rights with high school students or kindness with younger kids, this lens of redefined beauty and the issue of dignity and how we perceive and treat others is widely relevant.

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