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March 22, 2014

Woman to discuss body image

Local preview to be unveiled Tuesday

DANVILLE — In the past, Julia Megan Sullivan would look in the mirror and say, “You’re beautiful.” But she didn’t believe it.

“I was saying all the right words, but I didn’t believe them,” she said. It took a while before she developed the right tools to accept herself.

Sullivan will share her personal messages as one of several speakers at the first Body Love Conference on April 5 in Tucson, Ariz.

In preparation for that, Sullivan will give a preview to local people at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Bremer Conference Center, Room 141, at Danville Area Community College. Tickets are free, but people need to make a reservation through http://DACCpreview.eventbrite.com, as seating is limited.

Sullivan also did a preview last week at Sleepy Creek Vineyards, where she touched people with her humorous and emotional story of her journey to empowerment.

Libby Wren, a teacher with Danville District 118, was one of the audience members.

“She inspires me to my core,” Wren said. “Her positive outlook and animated personality invokes a heightened level of self-awareness that I had recently lost touch with.

“I was truly inspired through laughter and a few tears as I listened to her reveal intimate details of her life experiences. I believe that women from all walks of life would be encouraged to develop their inner wealth after hearing Julia’s story.”

Just like the Body Love Conference, Sullivan said her preview is open to women, allies of women and anyone who identifies as a woman. The presentations will be female-focused, but anyone may attend.

Sullivan decided to do the previews because many people had said how much they wished they could go to the conference in Tucson.

Sullivan first learned about the conference after becoming a fan of Jes Baker, who took Abercrombie & Fitch to task for not making clothes in bigger sizes. Baker launched an “Attractive & Fat” campaign online, and posed in photos lampooning the Abercrombie ads.

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