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Villanova University “Love the Skin You’re In” Fashion Show Aims to Raise Awareness About Healthy Body Image

The University’s Feb. 16 fashion show will feature students, faculty and staff models exhibiting the powerful messages of good self-esteem, self-acceptance and healthy body image.

For Immediate Release
Feb. 9, 2009

VILLANOVA, PA., Feb. 9, 2009 – To help promote the importance of a healthy and positive body image, Villanova University is hosting “Love the Skin You’re In,” a unique fashion show event featuring student, faculty and staff models showing the latest in campus fashions. Presented by the Office of Health Promotion, the fifth annual show will take place Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center. It is free and open to the public.

“‘Love the Skin You're In’ started as part of a larger-scale campaign in honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and has evolved into a pivotal event that raises awareness, promotes and educates about positive body image,” said Stacy Andes, director of the Office of Health Promotion. “The outcomes associated with this event have been very positive and are contributing to a gradual culture shift in the way our campus looks at being healthy and feeling healthy and happy in our own bodies.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation by the Office of Health Promotion discussing eating disorders, the influence of the media on body image and other information regarding the various resources available on campus.

“Love the Skin You’re In” coincides with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 22-28, sponsored by the National Eating Disorders Association. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week seeks to educate and prevent eating disorders and body image issues while reducing the stigma surrounding eating disorders and improving access to treatment.

"Today, maintaining a healthy body image is challenging to both female and male college students,” said Marcia Costello, Ph.D., assistant professor in Villanova’s College of Nursing. “Students are exposed to various visual media outlets that promote an unrealistic viewpoint on the role of body weight in determining who they are and what actually defines an ideal body weight.”

Villanova students, faculty and staff will model the latest in campus fashion – with styles ranging from Wildcat spirit, comfort and active wear, to dress for business/professional and black-tie affairs. Clothing worn in the fashion show is donated by Main Line businesses.

New for this year’s show are multi-cultural and sun-safe segments. During the multi-cultural portion of the show, student models from the Asian Students Association and the South Asian Multicultural Organized Students Association will model clothing from their individual cultures. The sun-safe segment, sponsored by the Melanoma International Foundation, will showcase sun-protective styles from international designers.

For more information about the Villanova University Office of Health Promotion, please visit

Villanova University, a co-educational Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842. A premier institution of higher education, Villanova provides a comprehensive education rooted in the liberal arts; a shared commitment to the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love; and a community dedicated to service to others. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered through the University’s four colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering and the College of Nursing, as well as the Villanova School of Law. With a total enrollment that surpasses 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students, Villanova is the oldest and largest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.