Venus, a razor brand on a mission to promote women’s participation in sports, has unveiled its inspiring ‘Move Your Skin’ exhibition, dedicated to breaking down the skin-conscious barriers women often face in the sporting world. The exhibition, which showcases photographs that celebrate real skin in sports and shares powerful, personal skin-stories of women who have overcome skin-consciousness, was originally set up in the London cage where Lotte Wubben-Moy, Venus’ #MoveYourSkin ambassador, grew up playing. Now, it has made its way to Manchester for two days, proudly displaying relatable images of women excelling in sports.
Held at Moss Side Millenium Powerhouse and captured by talented female photographers, Lauren Macabee and Amy Maidment, the exhibition has been inspired by research conducted by Venus. The research revealed that over 40% of women in Greater Manchester feel reluctant to participate in sports due to concerns about their skin’s appearance. However, an encouraging 44% of these women expressed that they would feel more confident in their skin if they were exposed to images of women playing sports that they could relate to.
The exhibition addresses various skin confidence concerns faced by women in Greater Manchester, including worries about being overweight, wrinkles, cellulite, and stretch marks. Rather than shying away from these concerns, the exhibition boldly celebrates and showcases them, aiming to empower women to embrace their bodies with pride.
Additionally, the ‘Move Your Skin’ exhibition seeks to extend the impact of Venus’ in-school module called ‘Validate It.’ Created and delivered in collaboration with Football Beyond Borders (FBB), the module explores body image and confidence themes and has already reached over 200 young individuals in London and Manchester. By engaging students in open conversations about skin-consciousness, the program equips them with practical tools to overcome barriers that might hinder their involvement in sports.
Lotte Wubben-Moy, the inspiring ambassador of the ‘Move Your Skin’ campaign and an accomplished player for Arsenal WFC and the international women’s team, believes in the power of representation in sports. She said, “I’m really proud to be involved in this campaign because I think it’s really important to have representation in football and sport more widely.”
Through the ‘Move Your Skin’ exhibition and the Validate It module, Venus is determined to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for women and girls in sports, breaking down stereotypes and empowering them to confidently embrace their natural selves while pursuing their athletic passions.