Have you ever felt like you needed to change to fit in?

Have you ever looked in the mirror and felt dissatisfied with what you see?


This is called your "body image." It's the way that you perceive your body and, in turn, how you assume people perceive you. Your body image is influenced by a number of things - from family and friends to the media. This perception is closely related to self-esteem. In a study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over 90% of girls and young women have struggled with their body image - unhappy in the skin they're in.


Why does this matter? Well, body image deeply impacts self-esteem. This can lead to a lot of problems for young people: from eating disorders to substance abuse. In This S.K.I.N. is a movement designed to help young people support one another utilizing what is often their most challenging opponent in the battle for positive body image: social media.


One of the most important pieces of developing a positive body image is surrounding yourself with kindness and blocking out the negativity that others may be giving you that impacts your self perception. At In This S.K.I.N., we believe the best way to surround yourself with kindness is to constantly spread it to others. Words of encouragement, community engagement, and spreading positive affirmations are all ways that you can spread kindness.


To learn more about joining our movement, click here and take the S.K.I.N. Challenge!


Khiana is a thirteen-year-old from Gilbert, Arizona. Khiana's vision for In This S.K.I.N. began to take shape in late 2018 as a way for her to encourage others dealing with the same body image struggles she began facing as a pre-teen. Encountering taunts and bullying for being 'too skinny,' Khiana struggled to gain weight - drinking weight gainer shakes and eating in excess - all in an effort to 'fit in.' Fortunately, through the encouragement of her family, she realized that her body is her body - and has learned to love the skin she's in - spreading kindness and ignoring negativity along the way.

A 9th grader, Khiana is actively involved in the performing arts and service to the community, taking a leading role in the planning and development of food drives and other initiatives to feed the homeless. Khiana maintains a 4.0 GPA and is a regular on the Principal's Honor Roll. She is proud to represent her home state of Arizona as the 2019 International United Miss Arizona Jr. Teen. She recently competed for the International title in July 2019 and won. She is your 2019-20 International United Miss Jr Teen. 

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