Thursday, May 2, 2013

About-Face(ing) New York, New York!

That's me, Audra Lowe and JD Roberto, on the set of The Better Show. 
Hi everyone, I'm writing this what-I'm-up-to post as I sit in a lovely hotel room in New York City! My book, Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall, came out TODAY, and it's been a flurry of excitement and fun. I had several interviews today, so I wore my favorite color, green, for good luck and confidence. So far, so good, and I have ONE more interview left tonight: GOOD MORNING AMERICA! (Woooeeee!) Assuming all goes as planned, you can watch the GMA piece during the 8am hour, tomorrow (Friday) morning! I'll be the one in green.

In other news, Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall just jumped from an Amazon.com best-sellers ranking of #475,581 before the book came out, all the way up to #85,915 today! This cracks me up and is quite motivating: I want to be in the top #50,000 tomorrow! And so the journey continues...

Speaking of journeys, I NEVER make a journey out of California (or out of my house, for that matter) unless I have a set of About-Face #MindOverFashion stickers with me. What are these stickers, you ask? Well... they're basically my favorite way to slap an "I'm calling out your sexist media bullshit" message onto any media image that might teach girls to hate their perfectly wonderful bodies. 

If you're not yet familiar with About-Face, you should know that it's an amazing nonprofit organization that helps girls develop tools for understanding and challenging media messages that threaten their self-esteem and body image. I'm a longtime volunteer, serving both as a media literacy workshop leader and an evaluation consultant. 5% of my book proceeds will be donated to About-Face (So, seriously, buy the book!).  Just over a month ago, one of About-Face's amazing teen "action groups" spent an afternoon "Sticker-Bombing" San Francisco's Union Square, with awesome messages like "You were born to be real, not perfect!" and "Your mind will never go out of fashion!" I found it so inspiring and empowering that I began bringing these stickers along with me wherever I go, just in case.

Last night, when I finally arrived at my hotel room after a long day of travel, THIS is what I found waiting for me in a magazine. In case you couldn't tell.... it's an advertisement for.... LUGGAGE. Yeah, luggage. (That really makes me want to go buy some luggage... NOT!) Anyhoo, I think it looks better - and I feel better - now that it's been anointed with a pink About-Face #MindOverFashion sticker.

I hope my fun and excitement have been at least a bit contagious. Hopefully more good news tomorrow!

What do you think? Can stickers change the world?
Describe or send me the ads you'd like to to About-Face sticker-bomb!

*** EXCITING UPDATE: I'm now, at 4:11am PST, #25, 758 on Amazon's ranking! Incredible. I'm kind of sarcastic and kind of obsessed.***


42 comments:

  1. CONGRATULATIONS, KJERSTIN! I'm so excited for you!

    Also, those stickers are amazing.

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  2. Congratulations!!! Loving the book and so excited to share - Good luck in all you are doing. That ad - so sad and ridiculous.

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  3. Where can I get some of those stickers? Because I seriously think stickers can change the world. (At least one person's for one day.)


    Also, when I do your blogger challenge next week, I'll have a link to a post one of my friends made about her 17 year old daughter had the chance to sort of be a model for a day while doing an art shoot with a family friend. The gist of my friend's post is how her teenager now understands just how constructed media images are and how they don't reflect any reality worth striving for.

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  4. Yeah - how can we buy some of those stickers? Does the purchase of the stickers benefit About Face? That would be cool! I am loving your book so far; you are such a fantastic writer!

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  5. I understand that is a silly ad for a luggage company, but to put a sticker that says unrealistic and unhealthy makes you look like a very insecure person. Some ppl are naturally skinny, like ppl in my family. You are no better than the ppl who put girls down for being over weight, when you are putting girls down for being skinny. If you were truly happy with yourself, you wouldn't spread negativity to any size.

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  6. congrats from me as well. Good luck. My brother have ordered the book and I am looking forward to reading this.

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