Programs, Workshops, Activism
Appearance-based judging, Anti-bias issues, Healing hatred
RACE: An Open & Shut Case
(see Services page)
- Healing from 'Appearance-ism'
- Transforming your view of You--AS IS
- Appearances are misleading, tackling stereotypes
- Allying with the 'Other' (even the one in the mirror)
- Countering self-hatred, teasing, bullying, harassment
- Crossing religious and ethnic divides
- Reclaiming self-esteem after changes to appearance
- Recontextualizing anti-Muslim media messages
- RACE: An Open & Shut Case
turning presumptions about "race" upside down
- and more
"Her stories will leave you forever changed,
with the hope of the way the world could be."
Director, United Nations Liaison Office
*View program video:
Book a program:
Read Huffington Post piece:
Listen to my interview regarding a victim's mission, as a Muslim, to save the life of the man who tried to murder him, & my work to combat stereotyping and hate. This extraordinary story is archived from 7-22-11. (Note:There's a minute of garbled sound before it starts)
Are you concerned with any appearance-related issues,
such as size, shape, ethnicity, fashion, religious bias, etc.?
Do you feel self-conscious about your appearance?
Do you ever find yourself judging others based on appearance?
Are you concerned about the prevalence of
ethnic and religious bias,
teasing, bullying, stereotyping,
eating disorders, self-hatred,
and intolerance of all kinds,
in our culture, today?
Are you coping with
changes in appearance
perhaps in relation to
health issues, medical procedures, or aging?
(Traumatic changes may include the loss of teeth,
or hair, loss of a breast, loss of physical abilities,
weight gain, weight loss, scarring, etc.)
Anya Cordell will transform your self-esteem
and your views of others. Anya was a beauty-obsessed teen
who grew into a passionate and powerful spokesperson
against what she calls
(appearance-based judging, even of ourselves)
and the ways in which certain groups become designated as 'other'.
Anya has faced chronic illness and appearance-based challenges
with surprising responses, strategies, creativity and humor.
She truly understands the pressures people face around these issues.
Her unique work and activism
have been recognized by national media,
including USA Today, The Washington Post, Chicago Public Radio,
ABC-TV's "Someone You Should Know", and many more.
Anya's ongoing mission is against stereotyping, teasing, body hatred, self-hatred,
bias and intolerance of all sorts.
Her passionate work has led to friendships with families of innocent hate-crime victims,
assaulted and murdered on the basis of appearance, or because of religious garb,
and to activism on a national level.
Her story is extraordinary.
She inspires everyone to claim their natural worth,
whatever their appearance, and to feel comfortable
with their image in the mirror and in the world,
You, too, will find a strength, a voice, an attitude, you have never had before.
(Be sure to see the "About Us" page
to find out why 'life in a body' is a key to transformation.)
Comments from participants:
“I was moved by your courage to show your pictures.
That takes a lot of guts.”
“Now I’m ok in my own skin.”
“Your work is awesome & commendable.
You should be cloned."
"You inspired me to change my first impressions of people."
"It made me realize how much time I spend on my appearance,
rather than the important things."
For upcoming programs or to book a presentation:
email: info[at]Appearance-ism[dot]com or call: 847-331-6022
and visit www.AnyaCordell.com for more information