The majority of world leaders may be men, but there is no denying that women are the influential underdogs campaigning for change.

Susie Orbach

When Complexd attended the Endangered Species Summit – A campaign that challenges the culture that teaches women and girls to hate their own bodies – we met the passionate and talented Stephanie Ifill who was feature on pages 44-51 of our 1st Anniversary issue. In attendance were professional women from media, fashion, health and educational organisations, who came to share their ideas on how they were going to make a lasting difference for women and girls around the globe.

Susie Orbach, a key member of the Endangered Species team and author of ‘Bodies’ and ‘Fat is a Feminist issue’, Equality minister Lynn Featherstone, TV presenter Gok Wan and Mumsnet will all be backing a campaign to combat image anxiety amongst young people. MP Lynn Featherstone also spoke at the summit and one of the major concerns along with serious health issues was how women are perceived in magazines. Image manipulation has become so advanced and unrealistic in published imagery that it has lead to parliamentary discussion on whether the air brushing culture is having an effect on how young people perceive their natural beauty and body.

MP Lynn Featherstone

As fashion becomes art and portrayals of the female body are pushed to the extreme, sometime you need Complexd Women like Susie Orbach and Lynn Featherstone who have a voice that can infiltrate the political world to step up and try to regulate a few things.

Images by Frederique Rapier


  1. [...] The Video for Beyonce’s track ‘Run The World (Girls)’ was released today. I’l cut the review and give you a quick round up by just saying it was FASHION, GIRL POWER, FASHION, GIRL POWER with some political references thrown in here and there. After oohing and aahing at the outfits, we decided to shine a light on the women with a voice in the political world instead – A place where girl power can really make a difference. Have a read here [...]

  2. [...] A few months on and the All Walks team have delivered their pledge to inspire change in the British fashion curriculum with the launch of Britain’s first ever, educational institution devoted to furthering the promotion and design requirements of diverse body shapes. This will take place with Edinburgh College of Art, at their 2nd annual All Walks Futures Forum at Graduate Fashion Week on June 7th 2011. It will be attended by Govt. Minister for Equalities and Lib Dem Body Confidence Campaign founder, Lynne Featherstone a Complexd Woman we mentioned here. [...]

  3. [...] challenges the culture that teaches women to hate their bodies. Complexd attended the launch of the Endangered Species Summit held in London last year, while the body positive message was also being spread in New York, [...]

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