Actress Rachel Lee Cook speaks at all-girls school
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Actress Rachael Lee Cook was at a Vancouver all-girls school yesterday equipped with stories, photos and a snappy opinion to expose the deception of the entertainment industry.
"I’m here to be a voice of reason about the amount of manipulation that’s involved in Hollywood," said the 28-year-old star of She’s All That and Josie And The Pussycats.
For example after three hours of hair and makeup for a photo shoot, the resulting photos are still airbrushed, she said.
Cook, working with teen counsellor and self-esteem expert Lisa Naylor, spoke to 17 girls in grades seven and eight at York House School as part of the Dove Real Beauty School Workshop.
The presentation on self-esteem and body image also included short video clips and photos of Cook before and after airbrushing.
Naylor examined the psychological and social aspects of peer pressure and self-esteem while Cook provided opinions and anecdotes from her personal experiences.
"There are enough people who are going to want to cut you down in this life," Cook told the girls.
"Don’t be one of them."
Gabrielle McCarthy, 13, said the workshop was both enjoyable and educational.
"It was fun," she said. "It showed us that we should be comfortable with ourselves and that not only looks matter."