This award-winning short film about eating disorders, You Are Beautiful, started off as a school project.
And the girls who created it, are only 13-years-old.
Olivia Maloney and Cameron Dreyer are in 7th grade – which makes them well-placed to make film about body image pressure and insecurities. High school, for many people, if when the curvature of your stomach and the size of your upper arms and the circumference of your thighs suddenly seems to matter a whole lot more than it ever did before.
But Maloney and Dreyer have managed to create a film that not only resonates with their age group – but many grown women who have ever suffered from eating disorders.
The short won Best Student Film at the 2013 Colorful Colorado Film Festival, and then went on to win the middle school category in the My Hero International Film Festival.
It is a simple, powerful film – with a simple, powerful message.
You are beautiful.
And you shouldn’t hurt yourself, to change who you are.