Speaker to encourage campus to embrace real beauty

Publication Date

Stacy Nadeau, a national spokeswoman for a healthy body image, will speak Monday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

Her talk, “Embracing Real Beauty,” is free and open to the public.

In the summer of 2005, Nadeau was among six ordinary women who made national news when they appeared on a Times Square billboard, dressed only in their underwear. The billboard promoted Dove brand products featuring “real women with real curves.”

An industrial organizational psychology major at Depaul University at the time, Nadeau suddenly found herself talking about a healthy body image on the Today Show, CNN, Ellen, Dr. Phil, Oprah and others.

In her talk, Nadeau will share with men and women the role they can each play in changing the message that young women receive.

“This is my time to encourage and help women feel great about themselves no matter what they weigh or look like,” she said. “Women have surrendered to diets and insane eating habits to live up to social stereotypes for too long. It’s time that all women felt beautiful in their own skin.”

Nadeau’s visit is sponsored by Panhellenic Council.

The talk comes at a time when the College is devoting the academic year to promoting a culture of wellness across campus. Through a series of events, speakers and programs involving a diverse mix of departments, from Academic Affairs to Dining Services to Athletics, the focus will enhance Union's commitment to the education of the whole person.