Katherine Schwarzenegger believes that every young girl should be encouraged to rock what they’ve got. She is an author, an activist, a student and that “big sister” we all wish we had because she speaks candidly, openly and honestly about the struggle to develop a healthy body image and the confidence it takes for young women to celebrate who they truly are in today’s body conscious society.
It was at the age of 18, while interning for the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, that Katherine became aware and interested in how prevalent the issue of body image is for young girls in America. In addition, Katherine has been active in bringing awareness to the issue of maternal mortality. At 19, she created the fashionable VIDA bags to increase awareness of global maternal mortality and partnered with the White Ribbon Alliance and CARE to diminish the staggering number of mothers dying during pregnancy and at childbirth. She also writes for various outlets about women activists in Africa and here at home.
Now 20 and living in Los Angeles, Katherine is at the forefront of a movement to inspire young women to recognize their true self worth. In her book, Rock What You’ve Got!: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who’s Been There and Back, she guides young girls through their turbulent teens to womanhood while encouraging them to love their bodies, love themselves and stay healthy. With her engaging and fun “secrets,” Katherine shares stories and tips to break the cycle of an unhealthy body image.
Katherine is a rising junior communications major and gender studies minor at the University of Southern California. Katherine is also a “real big sister” to her sister and two brothers in Los Angeles.