Movies, TV shows about in­ner beauty

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE -

It can still be hard to find TV shows and movies with a range of body types rep­re­sented and an em­pha­sis on skills, smarts and char­ac­ter in­stead of ap­pear­ance, but it’s worth the ef­fort.

En­ter­tain­ment me­dia have a huge im­pact on chil­dren’s so­cial, emo­tional and phys­i­cal de­vel­op­ment. So ex­pos­ing them to me­dia that re­flect pos­i­tive body im­age shows them it’s what’s inside that counts.

Here are some rec­om­men­da­tions:

TV

Earth to Luna!, age 4+ Bub­bly Luna is full of ques­tions and runs her own ex­per­i­ments to sat­isfy her cu­rios­ity. Doc McStuffins, age 4+ An­i­mated 6-year-old is kind and car­ing, but it’s her prob­lem-solv­ing that saves the day, and she’s well on her way to fol­low­ing in her physi­cian mother’s foot­steps. Annedroids, age 5+ Anne is an in­ven­tor and en­gi­neer who cre­ates ro­bots and is al­ways tin­ker­ing. Un­like many other ’tween TV char­ac­ters, Anne eschews fash­ion and wears over­alls, which make per­fect sense for her type of play.

Xplo­ration Outer Space, age 6+

This show pro­motes STEM (science, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics) learn­ing, and its fe­male host chal­lenges gen­der stereo­types typ­i­cally as­so­ci­ated with the sub­ject of as­tro­nau­tics.

Terry the Tomboy, age 8+ A show about a girl who sali­vates over grilled meat, fa­vors flan­nel be­cause it’s com­fort­able, and isn’t afraid to be seen with dried pie on her face? No body-im­age is­sues here.

MOVIES

Anne of Green Gables (sev­eral ver­sions, start­ing in 1934), age 7+

Anne’s story is a cel­e­bra­tion of friend­ship, imag­i­na­tion, cre­ativ­ity, hope and find­ing fam­ily in un­ex­pected places. Spir­ited Away, age 9+ An edgy an­i­mated por­trayal of what a young girl needs to do to grow up and take re­spon­si­bil­ity for more than her­self. 23 Blast, age 10+ An in­spir­ing true tale about a blind foot­ball player.

The Sis­ter­hood of the Trav­el­ing Pants, age 11+

A tale of four high school girls who stay in touch by way of a pair of jeans that mag­i­cally fits all their dif­fer­ent body sizes per­fectly.

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