Beauty Mark: A Film Debunking the Myth of the Perfect Body – Tonight

Appalachian State University, along with High Country organizations and individuals, is bringing a number of events to the area to promote self acceptance, self esteem, and overcoming the cultural ideal of perfection. This film is somewhat controversial and deals with topics like eating disorders.  You can watch the trailer and decide whether it would be appropriate for your daughters’ age and maturity.

“We invite parents, educators, students, professionals and all those who are striving to experience wellness in body and mind to attend and spread the word about these valuable and hopefully inspirational programs,” said Dr. Denise Lovin, coordinator of eating concerns program and coordinator of outreach programming in Appalachian’s Counseling and Psychological Services.

The campaign begins with “Beauty Mark,” a film to be shown on Thursday, Sept. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Farthing Auditorium on campus. Admission is free. Film producer Diane Israel, a Boulder, Colo.-based psychotherapist and former world-class tri-athlete who has been described as “inspiring” and “compelling,” will be present to answer questions and share personal experiences after the film.

The film explores pop culture’s emphasis on abnormal, and usually impossible, beauty standards through the eyes of Israel and her interviews with fashion models, athletes and inner city teens. Viewers of the film have called it, “noteworthy and inspirational” and “capable of educating many who have suffered from issues of self-acceptance.”

Critic Lois Dino from the Jacob Burns Film Center has claimed this work as, “A fresh, honest film about self-image and the disconnect between our minds and our bodies. Full of wisdom, hope, and humor.”

“Developing Positive Body Image: A Discussion with Diane Israel” will provide another opportunity to discuss the issues of body image and how to initiate changes personally as well as in the community. This Lunch and Learn event will be held on Friday, Sept. 25, at noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Wellness Center on Boone Heights Drive.

The entire month of October has been proclaimed by Town of Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson as “A Month to Celebrate You.” Clawson’s proclamation acknowledges that “body image is a community concern and raising awareness and involvement depends on educating our community members.”

A calendar of events is being developed offering a number of programs and workshops on Appalachian’s campus and in the community to address topics of self esteem and self acceptance.

Appalachian’s sponsoring organizations of this campaign are Counseling and Psychological Services, University Recreation, Counseling for Faculty and Staff, Athletics, Wellness Center, Pan-Hellenic Hall and the Women’s Center. Community sponsors are the Institute of Health and Human Services, High Country Women’s Fund, Broyhill Wellness Center, Pink on the Move and West Glow Spa.

To find out more information, contact Denise Lovin at (828) 262-3180 or or Kathie Billing at (828) 265-9553 or Look for updates of the developing events at



  1. Sarah, I’m going to see this tonight. I HAVE been cautioned that it really isn’t appropriate for children….lots of adult themes. Are you going to go?

  2. Our society has placed tremendous pressure on females especially to have perfect looks, who knows what it will take to change this unneeded perception.