Today’s teens are stepping up to be the change that will create a better world for everyone, and their leadership has become impossible not to notice. From Marley Dias demanding inclusive representation in children’s books to Parkland activists like Emma González calling for an end to gun violence in schools, the future men and women (and everything in between) of America are cultivating a community that advances conversations where everyone’s voices can be heard. And the key ingredient in that movement? Confidence.
Many of us probably remember being less-than-confident during our own teen years. It isn’t easy to feel free to be yourself when who “yourself” is can feel radically different from day to day. But for so many of us, that struggle is real WAY beyond our teens. It turns out that being cool with who you are is a lifelong journey of discovery, care, and, most of all, self-validation and acceptance.
We’re teaming up with Instagram and a group of fierce teen ‘grammers to #CaptureConfidence and celebrate the things that make us unique. And we’re inviting you to join us in following their lead.
Take Lizzie, the 16-year-old behind @lizzy.dances, who uses Instagram to change the stereotypes about dancers’ bodies by proudly displaying her own. Or 17-year-old Ellie, whose account @elliewheels brings visibility to disability rights, women’s rights, and LGBTQ+ rights. Lexi, AKA @curlanistas, is only 13, yet she’s already the author of empowering children’s books and the founder of the Curlanistas movement, which inspires young girls to embrace their natural hair.
These young women have chosen to show themselves in their element, and now you can too.
Show us what confidence looks like to you using the hashtag #CaptureConfidence for a chance to have your photo featured on Good Morning America on Wednesday, April 4.
What are you waiting for?#CaptureConfidence and embrace that which makes you uniquely yourself.
(Photos via @blairbbrown)