Nov 142013

On Saturday the 9th of November the ‘This is Me’ 2014 charity calendar had its official launch at The Albyn Bar in Aberdeen. Over 180 supporters and sponsors packed the venue to listen to presentations outlining the project’s aims and objectives.

Afterwards, Jacqueline Fulton, the project’s head, talked to Duncan Harley about the motivation behind the initiative.

this is me launch duncan harleyIn today’s society we all can feel the pressure to look a certain way. Airbrushed images bombard us constantly and it is very easy to be persuaded that the only way to be is to emulate them. Sometimes there are disastrous results when people become ill in the process, and then need help and support to combat what can be quite a lonely illness.

“I wanted to do something to promote positive body image in ladies to get the message out there that everyone is beautiful, whatever shape or size they are. I have had my own personal struggles with body image and am really against the airbrushing and the ‘one size’ models that are used in the retail industry” says Jacqueline.

The ‘This is Me’ positive body image project has made and printed a ‘Calendar Girls’ style calendar, using models of all shapes and ages who are proud to say ‘this is me.’

Jacqueline continued:

“Through working on this project I have learned to accept my body and am happier now with how I look.  I really hope that through this project we have been able to encourage and empower women to ‘BeYOUtiful’ and also raise awareness for eating disorders, which are not often talked about in our society.

“An eating disorder can be a very lonely illness however support groups such as NEEDS can offer a safe place to talk, thereby reducing the isolation.” 

If you or someone you know is affected by an eating disorder and would like support please contact NEEDS on:

Tel. 01224 557672

You can buy the ‘This is Me’ 2014 calendar from the online shop at .

‘This is Me’ is on twitter @ThisIsMe20134 and facebook

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Nov 012013

Duncan Harley introduces This Is Me, a positive body image project based in NE Scotland, headed up by Jacqueline Fulton.

Calender Girls 176In 2013, the women of This Is Me have taken part in creating a Positive Body Image calendar for 2014, and it’s on sale soon.
The calendar will raise money for NEEDS & Body Gossip, promoting positive body image and being able to say,


80% of us are unhappy with the way we look and 60% think negatively about our appearance. So says Wikipedia.

Many women feel threatened by the camera, the mirror and that man in their lives – Eric, John, Bryan or whatever his name is.

Fear no more, body image is a blast from the past. A singularly unhelpful mirror of who you thought you were, and a place where you don’t need to be again.

Women are bombarded with Photo-shopped images of perfection every day. The impossible seems possible; the possible seems achievable in every way. It’s generally crap.

The result? This Is Me is a positive body image campaign working to banish body shame, encouraging everyone to be the best version of themselves they can be and to rock their very own brand of gorgeous.

This Is Me is launching the charity calendar at the Albyn Bar, Aberdeen on Saturday 9 November at 1930. Entry is free, but bring a tenner for the calendar.

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