TEDx speaker chal­lenges beauty stan­dards:

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“OUR world is dy­ing and we dye our hair. Prisons are full, wars are rag­ing, teens are sui­cid­ing and we laser our lines.”

Pow­er­ful words spo­ken by Coast res­i­dent Deirdre (Dee) Light at her pre­vi­ous TEDx talk ‘It’s our light that de­fines us, not our wrin­kles’.

Dee is the CEO of her nat­u­ral skin­care com­pany Man­i­festo of Light, a speaker and author who is pas­sion­ate about women lov­ing their nat­u­ral bod­ies.

She is not only here to turn the beauty world up­side down but in­tends to lib­er­ate our hu­man po­ten­tial and chal­lenge our ideas of beauty stan­dards.

She is fa­mil­iar with be­ing on stage and is now col­lab­o­rat­ing with Sun­shine Coast li­braries to spread her mes­sage.

“The li­brary has called the pre­sen­ta­tion, Ditch the Diet, but it’s much more than a Ditch the Diet talk,” she said.

“It’s the gate­way into de­vel­op­ing a re­la­tion­ship with our bod­ies.

“Our bod­ies are a door­way into a much deeper con­nec­tion to a much broader world.

“This is a big­ger con­ver­sa­tion than just learn­ing to love your­self.

“When are we go­ing to get mov­ing to be the change that is re­quired?

“Ev­ery­one has a body, ev­ery­one has to eat and ev­ery­one has a re­la­tion­ship with food.”

Dee plans on in­spir­ing the wider com­mu­nity with her provoca­tive yet clear and com­pelling hu­mour.

In 2010 she put pen to pa­per to spark in­sur­gency.

“I’ve writ­ten a book called The Gor­geous Rev­o­lu­tion.

It’s par­tic­u­larly about women and their bod­ies.”

In her talks she may tread where oth­ers might not, so pre­pare to be pro­voked and en­light­ened.

“I’m not hold­ing back any more, there’s noth­ing that will hold me back,” she said.

Dee has al­ready spo­ken at Coolum li­brary but also has events in Ma­roochy­dore, Kawana, Caloun­dra, Nam­bour, Beer­wah, Maleny and Ke­nil­worth.

To regis­ter, visit li­brary. sun­shinecoast.qld.gov.au/ Whats-On/Health-andWell­be­ing/Ditch-the-Diet.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

MULTI-SKILLED: Speaker, author and CEO Deirdre Light has an im­por­tant mes­sage.

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