Beauty and Body

Time Magazine reports that 80% of all children have been on a diet by the time that they have reached the fourth grade. As the country raises awareness around eating disorders, Pace is proud to present Inside the Modeling Industry: A Conversation About Health and Beauty In Fashion on the NYC Campus.

The average woman is 5’4” and weighs 140 pounds and the average model is 5’11” and weighs 117 pounds. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women, calling into question the “perfect body” we see in catalogs and magazines. That’s why NEDA and the Model Alliance are teaming up to host Inside the Modeling Industry: A Conversation About Health and Beauty in Fashion, a National Eating Disorders Awareness Week event, on February 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room on the NYC Campus.

Co-sponsored by Pace University and the Pace Counseling Counseling Center, speakers include:

Amy Lemons, fashion model and advocate
Chris Gay, president of Marilyn Models
Crystal Renn, fashion model, author, and advocate
Ashley Mears, assistant professor of sociology at Boston University
Evelyn Attia, medical doctor and eating disorders specialist at Columbia University
Katharine Schuette, fashion model and advocate

The conversation will be moderated by Sara Ziff, founder and director of the Model Alliance, a not-for-profit labor group for models, and hosted by Emme, the world’s first full-figured supermodel, national women’s advocate, and NEDA ambassador.

There will be a pre-panel meet and greet from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by a panel discussion exploring the relationships between body image and eating disorder issues, labor concerns for young models, and cultural standards of beauty. Panelists will discuss challenges for creating change, and current efforts to address these issues within the industry and among consumers.

Refreshments will be served. Seating is very limited, so visit the NEDA website to RSVP now!

<3 Your Student Body

The Pace Counseling Center Wellness Week is partnering with the National Eating Disorder Association to bring you Love Your Body Week, a week’s worth of events including film screenings, panels, and plays, to show you why it’s important to be comfortable in your genes. >>Read More

Love Your Body Week kicks off on Monday, February 27 with Mirrorless Monday. Residence halls across campus will have their mirrors covered to promote positive body esteem. Students and staff are encouraged to write positive affirmations on the covered mirrors as a statement of acceptance and love for their bodies. Help celebrate you!

Does America have an unhealthy obsession with beauty? At 6:30 p.m. stop by the Student Union to see America the Beautiful, a documentary filmed over a four year time period, which follows the life of a teen model, explores the cosmetic industry, and leaves the audience asking themselves important questions regarding their own obsession with beauty. View the film trailer here. A Q&A and panel discussion with eating disorder and body image pyschotherapist Aviva E. Braun, LCSW and Dyson Professor and author of Feminist, Inc. Emilie Zaslow, PhD, will follow.

Also on February 27-March 2, don’t fight your genes, change your jeans! Drop off the jeans you no longer wear at Pace Residence Halls or at the Counseling Center. All jeans will be donated to a local charity.

On Tuesday, February 28, Ask the Dietitian. Have questions regarding nutrition, eating healthy on campus, or how to properly fuel your body? Stop by the nutrition booth in the One Pace Plaza kiosk and ask licensed dietitian, Laura Moretti, RD, with Columbus Park Collaborative, and get free consultation regarding your nutritional health.

Later that evening, the Schimmel Center opens its doors to a story of an eating disorder, loss, and hope. Inspired her journal writings, Someday Melissa is a documentary about a teenager’s struggle with bulimia. Following the screening, a panel discussion will be moderated by WABC-TV Anchor Diana Williams. Panelists include: Judy Avrin, filmmaker and mother of Melissa; Danna Markson, LCSW, Eating Disorders Specialist and Co-Executive Producer; Kimberly Dennis, MD, Medical Director, Timberline Knolls; and Vic Avon, author, activist, and NEDA Spokesperson. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the film begins at 7:00 p.m. For tickets please visit the NEDA website. (suggested donation of $10, but free for Pace students)

On Wednesday, February 29, and Thursday, March 1, the Multipurpose Room transforms into a stage for phat girls by Debbie Lamedman, a full-length play depicting the struggle many women experience dealing with weight and body image concerns. The audience will be transported from childhood to adulthood, witnessing the stories of how real women survive in a body-conscious society and eventually follow their journey toward self-acceptance. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the play will begin at 7:30 p.m. A Q&A and panel discussion will follow with Director Chris Giordano, cast, and Dr. Karen Weiss on opening night.

In addition to Love Your Body Week, the Counseling Center is hosting events as part of Wellness Week. On Monday, February 27, take part in a Jeopardy-style trivia game to test your knowledge and learn some facts about gender issues, gender differences, and sexuality at Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby.

What do Kim Kardashian and Cinderella have to teach us about happily ever after? On March 1, learn about what really makes a relationship healthy at Things People in Relationships Say.

Finally, on March 2, join the Counseling Center for an evening of storytelling about addiction, cravings, and love at Drinking…A Love Story? from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the 2nd Floor Fulton Street Lounge.

For more info or sponsorship opportunities regarding Love Your Body Week, email Heather Frank at or visit Wellness Week on Facebook.