Celebrate healthy beauty by telling real people's body stories

by The Society Monologues Ltd

About the project


Tipping Point £500
Sofa and the Film £1,200
Two Films More £2,500
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Body Gossip addresses the issue of body image, and the discovery that the majority of people, mostly women, in the UK are not happy with their body. This is due to: unrealistic and unattainable beauty role models that bombard us every day from magazines and billboards; the rise of anorexia and bulimia as young people struggle to emulate shrinking celebrity bodies; the rise of obesity due to a more sedentary lifestyle and an increase of unhealthy food in our diets; the breakdown of communication about healthy, natural beauty.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
Only 2% of women in the UK are 'happy with their body' and more than seven out of 10 women think 'their whole life would improve greatly if they had a good body' (71%). Nine out of 10 British women diet (88%) - 41% 'constantly'. (Source: Grazia survey of 5,000 women.) According to a study by Dr David Giles, men who regularly read ‘lads’ magazines’ are increasingly obsessive about their body image, resulting in them doing excessive exercise and possibly taking steroids to improve their physique. A quarter of all people suffering from anorexia are school-age boys. (Source: Beat).
What is your solution?
We believe that celebrity influence greatly increases the power of a campaign's message - this is unavoidable in today's society. Body Gossip allows real people's body stories to be performed by celebrities - not only is the winning writer hugely empowered by having their story told, but every person in the UK with similar body concerns is instantly reassured that they are not alone.
How will you deliver this?
1. The cathartic act of writing your body story and sending it to an anonymous ear. Once the stories are written, many people feel instantly better, as though a weight has been lifted from their shoulders. 2. The chance for your story to be performed by a celebrity actor. The celebrity element empowers the story and raises its profile and importance. 3. The chance to see celebrities donating their time to perform real people's body stories that may be similar to your own, which reassures the viewer that they are not alone in their body concerns.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Please click on www.facebook.com/bodygossip and join the Body Gossip Facebook group, and Like our fan page: http://bit.ly/aYKSUJ You can also follow Body Gossip on Twitter: @bodygossipruth
  • 5 minutes
    Watch our first 2 films on the Body Gossip website: www.bodygossip.org
  • 15 minutes
    Invite your friends and family to join our Facebook group and watch our videos – and if you've got time after that, watch the film of our theatre premiere: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8cWAiTf620
  • 30 minutes
    Watch all of Body Gossip's films, available on www.youtube.com/bodygossip, choose your favourite and share it on facebook/twitter/youtube.
  • A few hours
    Write your story about your body and send it to the Body Gossip writing competition: www.bodygossip.org/competition
  • Regular time commitment
    We are always looking for people to help with the Body Gossip movement - whether it's helping us to make a short online film, or being trained to help with a Body Gossip body confidence workshop in schools. Just email ruth@bodygossip.org.

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cupcakequeen 27 August 2012 - 21:41

Done :)

Theresa Burton 20 October 2011 - 20:33

Hi Body Gossip Fans, Cheerleaders and Backers - Ruth has canvased her crowd and they agreed it made good sense to extend her timeline as Body Gossip has some big plans for 2012 and want to leverage those activities to feed into their fundraising efforts!

Cheers, Theresa @ Buzzzbnk

bluegroper 23 March 2011 - 05:23

Good luck with the fundraising Ruth

Tom Kerr Williams 04 March 2011 - 23:27

Really hope you make the target. All I want is the t-shirt. Tom

BodyGossipRuth 20 January 2011 - 01:03

Thanks so much Claudia, and for all your support in the past x

BodyGossipRuth 20 January 2011 - 01:02

Thanks so much Claudia, and for all your support in the past x

Claudia Cahalane 19 January 2011 - 11:44

This is a very much needed project in today's society. Thank you - Claudia

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Too many people believe that their body isn’t good enough, and that therefore they are not good enough. Body Gossip aims to change that belief, to encourage acceptance, confidence and enjoyment of our bodies. Body Gossip has launched a National Writing Competition, inviting everyone in the UK to write their story about their body. The most powerful stories are performed either live onstage by celebrity actors at high profile theatre events, or made into online short films for the Body Gossip youtube channel – www.youtube.com/bodygossip - and website – www.bodygossip.org. Body Gossip is committed to breaking the conspiracy of silence, by opening a robust, dynamic debate about body image through drama.

Geographical coverage

Within UK

Our track record

Last year we produced 3 live theatre events, 2 in London (both sold out!) and 1 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, starring – among others – Natalie Cassidy, Anne Diamond, Nikki Grahame and Shobna Gulati. To view a film of our premiere please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8cWAiTf620 Last year we had articles in many major newspapers and magazines, and TV appearances on ITV and Sky1. This year we have made 2 short films with celebrities such as Caryn Franklin and Zaraah Abrahams, which can be viewed on our homepage: www.bodygossip.org This year we have also formed a partnership with the National Osteoporosis Society and this partnership has hosted a Body Gossip stand at The Clothes Show in June 2009, an installation at the Secret Garden Party Festival, and a planned live theatre performance in London on World Osteoporosis Day (20th October 2010). Future plans include a partnership with the YMCA, and work with the positive body image coalition, consisting of all-party government involvement, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, the Girl Guides, Susie Orbach and Lynne Featherstone.

Who do we help?

Everyone has a story about their body. Body Gossip gives us all a powerful voice to shout about our own, unique and realistic beauty and to create a community of people dedicated to changing the way beauty is perceived. So far, Body Gossip has received stories from all age groups, and from both men and women. However, the majority of stories are written by young women aged 16-24.

How do we deliver this?

1. The Body Gossip website (www.bodygossip.org) and youtube channel (www.youtube.com/bodygossip): films and photographs depicting past performances and events; expert advice; the chance to submit your story; inspiration and forum chat. 2. Both live (theatre) and filmed (online) performances where celebrities perform real people's body stories. 3. Schools Campaign: body confidence workshops; support for students to write and perform in their own Body Gossip shows. 4. The Gossip Cafe: a venue where people gossip about their bodies, by writing and drawing on the furniture and walls, turning it into a visual representation of the UK's views about body image.

Awards And Recognitions

1. Big Boost Award Winner 2007 2. Unltd Level 1 Award Winner 2008 3. Mentored by Actis 4. In Partnership with the National Osteoporosis Society and the YMCA