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Last chance to nominate - who's helped to promote body confidence in children this year?

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KateMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 21-Feb-12 03:46:49


Some of you might remember that we've joined up with the Campaign for Body Confidence, to try to reduce the pressure on all of us to look perfect and to promote a more positive body image - particularly among children and young people. You can find out more about the campaign here.

Supportive parliamentarians have now formed a cross-party forum to look into body image anxiety in the UK, and they'll be reporting back later this year. In the meantime, the two groups are launching the Body Confidence Awards, celebrating the contribution of individuals, organisations and companies who've helped to promote body confidence over the last year.

We're very pleased to announce that we'll be there on the night, to present <drumroll> the Mumsnet Award for promoting body confidence in children.

Could you help us out by getting your thinking caps on, and letting us know who you think deserves the award? Feel free to think creatively - the winner could be a product or an organisation, but it could equally be an individual or even a TV or book character.

Please leave your suggestions on the thread - the one with the most mentions wins the gong!

seeker Fri 06-Apr-12 14:18:22

It is a shame- but telling- that there don't seem to be many nominations.

sooperdooper Thu 05-Apr-12 18:57:27

Cerri from CBeebies, she's a great role model and a very geniune person who doesn't hide from her disability and is a fantastically positive person, she gets my vote smile

EmilyPollifaxInnocentTourist Thu 05-Apr-12 09:12:27

You're not a lone voice Seeker. I agree with you completely on Miranda.

seeker Thu 05-Apr-12 08:43:37

I must go back an have another look at Gok Wan. Obviously others see something in him that I don't.

seeker Thu 05-Apr-12 08:40:57

I'm a lone voice- but while I absolutely love Miranda, I'm not convinced at her as a role model. Yes she's "good fun" and all the rest, but there is still an undrcurrent of mockery. It's somehow miraculous that a handsome man can be interested in her. She is portrayed as desperate- the seriously cringy episode with the doctor springs to mind. And the subtext is still that Stevie is how women are supposed to look. Basically, underneath all the subtlety and wit, we are being asked to laugh at a big, not conventionally attractive woman.

MsBrandybuck Wed 04-Apr-12 14:53:39

My vote is also for Pink Stinks!

blackcurrants Wed 04-Apr-12 00:41:24

Pink Stinks!

TottWriter Tue 03-Apr-12 22:34:05

Pink Stinks gets my vote. A good focus on promoting confidence from a young age.

Every time I've seen Gok Wan the focus of the programme seems to be about "doing the best with what you have", rather than embracing what you have and saying "to hell with looking stick thin". I don't think that encouraging people to wear this or that to cover "flab" is helpful at all. If I'd grown up watching those programmes, I'd have had a lot less confidence than I actually do. I certainly wouldn't want him to win award for his programmes.

victorialucas Tue 03-Apr-12 22:21:04

Pink stinks

AlmaMartyr Tue 03-Apr-12 22:06:07

Another vote for Helen Skelton, she's awesome. PinkStinks does great work too.

Not keen on Gok, I don't like the message that body confidence is about filling yourself up.

CatPower Tue 03-Apr-12 22:01:20


BasilFoulTea Tue 03-Apr-12 21:41:11

Have i already voted? <Vague>

I think I want PinkStinks

emdelafield Tue 03-Apr-12 20:28:18

Possibly only appeals to older children but I think Miranda Hart is excellent in a "good sport"/have a go sort of way.

She is very tall and not conventional looking but as she says "such fun" with energy and enthusiasm.

culturemulcher Tue 03-Apr-12 19:57:07

P.O.P. clothes - just what children's clothes should be: colourful, practical, fun. They're in no way "girly", just great unisex clothes... FANTASTIC if you've got a DD and DS. grin

They seem to be the only kids clothing company that treats kids as kids, not mini princes and princesses.

Shame about the price though sad

EmilyPollifaxInnocentTourist Tue 03-Apr-12 19:49:33

I loathe Gok Wan.

I can not believe he is being nominated when all he does is reinforce the idea that women are only worthy of attention if they meet patriarchal norms.

MrsChemist Tue 03-Apr-12 17:39:59

Pink stinks

Wigginsbottom Tue 03-Apr-12 17:23:56

Pink Stinks! A brilliant, well-informed site with useful discussion and ideas.

AliceHurled Tue 03-Apr-12 16:02:19

Pink stinks or Cerrie please

And another down vote for bloody Gok. He may talk the talk but he then continues to perpetuate the bollocks. And he uses his status to grope women. Please not him.

maybeyoushoulddrive Tue 03-Apr-12 15:26:24

Helen Skelton is amazing and such a great role model. She is the living example of using her body to accomplish amazing things without seeming to care what she looks like doing them. My dd(8) loves her!

Please not Gok although I love him but I don't think he's truly about body confidence.

AbigailAdams Tue 03-Apr-12 15:02:04

Can't quite believe the votes for a man who gropes women for a living. And then makes them change into a more societal ideal. Yeuch. I notice he doesn't do it to men either.

Changing faces sounds lovely (although I don't know much about them) and Pinkstinks is great.

However, Ellie Simmonds is my vote (thanks whoever suggested them).

Solo Tue 03-Apr-12 13:39:35

Ooops! posted too soon.

Gok, because as children grow up, they will most likely forget Mr Tumble and Cerrie, but Gok is someone that will, because of his straight talking and massive personality stick in the minds of everyone throughout their teens and into adulthood.

Solo Tue 03-Apr-12 13:34:54


vogonmothership Tue 03-Apr-12 13:29:10

Cerrie - showing that it is normal to be different and your 'image' is not a barrier

Fillybuster Tue 03-Apr-12 13:08:12

For younger children: Cerie from CBeebies and Mr Tumble.

EmilyPollifaxInnocentTourist Tue 03-Apr-12 12:28:17

Another vote for Pink Stinks here.

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