Frankly, I wish I had been to my school talk when I was a teenager. It might have saved me decades of body image niggles and connected me with the warmth and power of female experience a little earlier. I’m not the finished article, I’m no paragon of perfect body acceptance, but I have been transformed by the process of creating Bare Reality. I would love to share that transformation with teenage girls and boys. 

Please contact me to discuss holding a Bare Reality workshop in your school.

The Bare Reality Talk is thought-provoking and empowering. Through a combination of unique photography, interactive games, readings from the book, informative presentation and group discussion, it aims to:

  • Share the reality of our visual diversity, present the range of ‘normal’, thereby reducing body image anxieties and body shame
  • Enhance self-confidence and self-worth, proving our value is in who we are, not how we look, by sharing the relatable ‘embodied stories’ behind the photographs in Bare Reality
  • Contrast the dichotomy of how we feel and look compared with how our bodies are presented for consumption through the media and advertising, and encourage critical thinking
  • Examine sexualisation and objectification of female and male bodies in advertising and the media
  • Understand that images in the media are airbrushed and present unobtainable body ideals
  • Inspire the idea that anyone can can create art as well as social change, sharing my personal journey and offering insight into the creative process, from inspiration, to determination to manifestation

Feedback from a Bare Reality Talk to 5th Form Girls

“Thank you for giving us the Bare Reality workshop. A positive, powerful experience, which I think the girls really gained from and hopefully made them realise that there is no such thing as the perfect body. The media’s version of it changes every century, if not every decade. The girls were buzzing about it – and I am going to have a fight on my hands as to who gets to read the book first! Their views are overwhelmingly positive. I think some of them found it really empowering – incredibly several said they had never seen ‘real boobs like that’ before! We’re keen to hold more Bare Reality workshops for other year groups.”
Mrs Kirsty Tod, Senior Housemistress, Epsom College

Feedback from a Bare Reality Talk to Lower 6th Form Girls and Boys

“Laura’s delivery of such a sensitive topic perfectly hit the spot with both the girl and boy group. With the boys, she immediately put them at ease by breaking the ice, allowing them freedom of speech and total confidence in expressing their views whilst at the same time not being judged by their views. She challenged them persuasively to expand on their thoughts and to see the images from new angles, managing to encourage development of their empathy skills whilst also listening to each other’s opinions. The low threat yet high challenge atmosphere totally worked, enabling the lads to open up in a safe, secure and comfortable setting. They left the talk feeling proud, a tad peculiar but in a good way and extremely confident in spreading the word about ladies’ boobs being way more than just objects!”
Mrs Helen Keevil, Teacher and PSD, Epsom College

Feedback from the Girls

“An eye-opening experience that really helped me to understand and appreciate my body.”
“Laura understood us and our worries about our bodies well.”
“An amazing presentation that teaches me that we shouldn’t think there is a ‘perfect’ body and how we should look like. Everyone is different and there is no problem with this.”
“Laura engaged well with us all, being extremely friendly and managed to make us all laugh more than once.”

Feedback from the Boys

“They are all different shapes and sizes which. I guess it’s the same thing about men. She listened to us and helped me understand that women aren’t just objects, personalities count too, I see my sister and my mum differently now, it must be tough being female.”
“Please can she return with the man book, she was so interesting and engaging, sensible and sensitive to hearing our thoughts.”
“I really enjoyed the talk and found it really eye-opening as well. It really made me take a step back and think about the fact that what has become everyday language for teenage boys can in fact be really nasty and really affect girls in a bad way to a much larger extent than you think.”