These students covered their school's bathroom mirrors to make an important point about body image
Mirror, mirror on the wall… tell me something nice about myself.
This seems to be the request from the girls at one Kansas high school, who have turned the school’s bathroom mirrors into a barrage of positive messages promoting a different take on body image and self-acceptance.
A group of girls from the senior class at Trinity Academy, a private Christian school in Wichita, decided to cover the mirrors in the girls’ bathrooms with butcher’s paper filled with positive messages. Many of them were taken from the Bible, while other inspirational phrases included sentiments like “People are like Oreos… the good stuff is on the inside” and “No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart.”
Senior Hannah Hancock, part of the group responsible for the project, told local news station KWCH12 that the students were “trying to think of ideas of how we could serve the underclassmen and make the most impact.”
“Especially as freshmen and sophomores, you’re trying to find your identity and who you are and we want them to find their identity in God and in Christ and not in a mirror and not what their outward appearance looks like.”
The idea came up during a senior trip, and the students quickly made it a reality.
“Everywhere you look you hear people talking about being body-shamed or hating their image,” said Jordan Melugin, another Trinity senior.
“I think it’s easy to forget when you are just caught up in everyday life so I think whenever you look up and expect to see yourself and you see something positive like, you are made in God’s image.”
The girls say they have received mostly positive responses from younger students and family members. Hannah’s younger sister, a freshman, told her older sibling how “important” it was for her to see the messages.
“It does make a difference when you get to see that as a freshman and you’re not looking for your worth from boys or things like that but she’s discovering that she’s beautiful not because of anything else,” Hannah said.
Even the school has shown its support for the initiative, posting photos of the project on its Facebook page.
The students say they know the paper has to come down eventually, but they hope the initiative has a lasting effect that endures even after the mirrors are uncovered and spreads to other schools and students nearby.
“I really hope that people will see this and see that there are girls out there who are encouraging other girls to just be who they are,” said Jordan. “So I just hope that it continues growing on that.”
[Image via Trinity Academy Facebook page]