Shari McDowell

Cedar Rapids
United States

2017

Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event control your emotions. --Pema Chodron

Mom, dreamer, lover, friend, belly dancer, yogini…here to live and love! I teach bellyfit and yoga and teach and perform belly dance professionally. As a cosmetologist I see the good, the bad and the ugly in the beauty industry. I see ads promoting self-hatred and inadequacy rather than health and beauty. We are bombarded with unrealistic images and ideas about how we “should” look. I see the effect it has on men, women and our children every day. I hope to inspire women in particular to love themselves, to take time to care for themselves as whole beings, mind, body and spirit. I hope to lead by example for my children and my community. I am so grateful and proud to be part of the Body Image Movement!