By Jami Laubich, Communications Intern
Have you ever asked yourself, what’s happening to my body? Is this normal? Do other people have stretch marks or look-like-this down there?
From the topic of eating disorders to facial hair, Body Drama, authored by Nancy Redd, aims to empower women with self-knowledge about their own bodies. In an effort to fight back against the never-ending unrealistic media portrayals of women, Body Drama allows the reader to see un-airbrushed real photographs of vaginas and “normal” bodies of all different colors, shapes, and sizes. Recommended by NOW, Body Drama is also a New York Times and USA Today best-seller, a NAACP Image Award Nominee, and has been honored by the American Library Association.
While Body Drama has received much acclaim, so has its author. Redd graduated from Harvard with honors in women studies, won the title of Miss Virginia, and then went on to make the top 10 and win the swimsuit competition at Miss America 2004. Redd was a contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, where she won $250,000 (10 percent of which she donated to 4-H), and was named by Glamour magazine as one of the United States’ top-ten college women “most likely to succeed-at anything.” Though some might consider Redd an unorthodox feminist role model, she won over the crowd during her engaging speech at the 2008 National NOW Conference.