Speaking, Programs, Workshops
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 racism, hate, self-hatred, teasing, bullying
- Crossing religious and ethnic divides
- Reclaiming self-esteem after changes to appearance
- Re-evaluating how media shapes our attitudes
- Recontextualizing anti-Muslim media messages
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
(Can We Judge a Book By Its Cover?)
(Photo to right >>)
"Standing Up to 'Appearance-ism', Sterotyping and Bias"
"Critical Inner Voices & Stereotyping--BE Gone!"
Transforming 'inner' & 'outer' bullies
Standing Up To Teasing & Bullying
(See photo at bottom of page)
Read: Anya in the Huffington Post:
Are you concerned with any appearance-related issues,
such as size, shape, color, 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
teasing, bullying, stereotyping,
racism, age-ism, self-hatred, eating disorders,
bias, intolerance, and xenophobia of all kinds,
in our culture, today?
Are you looking for solutions, and ways to teach and transform these challenging issues?
Are you coping with
changes in appearance
in relation to
health issues, medical procedures, or aging?
(For example: weight gain; weigh loss; scarring; loss of a breast, hair, teeth; loss of physical abilities, etc.?)
Anya will transform your self-esteem
and your views of others, in the most surprising ways.
Anya was a beauty-obsessed teen
who grew into a passionate, powerful, award-winning spokesperson
against what she calls
(appearance-based judging, even of ourselves)
and the ways in which certain groups become designated as 'Other'.
how "Appearance-ism" is a key to compassion for ourselves and others,
and how we can find our voice to counter stereotyping and all sorts of bias.
Her unique programs, work and anti-bias 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. She is the recipient of the
Her passionate work has led to friendships with families of innocent hate-crime victims,
assaulted and murdered on the basis of appearance,
and to activism on a national level.
Her extraordinary story,
surprising responses, strategies, creativity and humor
inspire everyone to claim their natural worth,
and to feel comfortable
with their image in the mirror and in the world.
And you will find a strength, an attitude, and a voice against bias 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."
“This rocked. You're a powerful speaker."
"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."
Email: info[at]Appearance-ism[dot]com or Call: 847-331-6022
Best answer to teasing & insults:
"I'm happy the way I am"
(Especially if you mean it! Anya inspires you to mean it!)