Teens need own style: expert advocating for body acceptance

JUST be yourself.

That's the golden rule from Dr Vivienne Lewis, a clinical psychologist at the University of Canberra who is a strong advocate for body acceptance.

Dr Lewis said teenage girls often wore the same styles as their peers because they were still trying to establish their own identity.

Often this meant girls were wearing sexualised clothing, which may be seen by some as inappropriate for their age.

Dr Lewis said at 15 or 16 teenage girls were still discovering their sexuality.

She said it was "quite normal" for them to want to experiment with their style choices.

But, Dr Lewis said they needed to be mindful that dressing in sexualised clothing could attract attention from predators.

"Listen to the adults in your life," Dr Lewis advised teenage girls.

"I think they should err on the side of caution."

Dr Lewis said the most important thing was to learn to express yourself through your own style, rather than reflecting others.



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