Lindsay Kite is a scholar and advocate of positive body image. She holds a master’s and Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Utah, specializing in the study of media representation of women and female body image. In 2009, she co-founded the nonprofit Beauty Redefined along with her identical twin sister, Lexie Kite, and began giving presentations for schools, treatment centers, religious congregations across the U.S. on the power of recognizing, rejecting and resisting harmful messages about bodies and women’s worth in popular culture. Through engaging online education and activism, Lindsay and Lexie’s work reaches millions of people online each year where they share the core message of Beauty Redefined: Women are more than just bodies. See more. Be more.
Lindsay’s passion for promoting and teaching body image resilience is both an academic and personal one. By first recognizing the widespread harms of objectification in media and then coming to an understanding of the effects of self-objectification and fixation on appearance in her own life, Lindsay’s research and professional work stems from deep understanding and empathy. Her work goes beyond the popular message to girls and women that “you are beautiful” into the truth that “you are more than beautiful” by helping people redefine the meaning and value of beauty in their lives, not just the looks of it.