Identical twins Lexie Kite, Ph.D. and Lindsay Kite, Ph.D. are co-founders of the non-profit Beauty Redefined and More Than a Body, LLC, and experts in the work of body image resilience. They reach millions worldwide via research-backed online education available on their website, social media, and through speaking events to tens of thousands across the US. Their new book, More Than a Body, is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and has received incredible reviews. While many well-intentioned people promote positive body image from the basis of helping women realize and embrace their beauty, More Than a Body changes the conversation about body image by telling girls and women they are MORE than beautiful. Lexie and Lindsay assert positive body image is about feeling positively toward your body overall, not just what it looks like.
The More Than a Body mantra is: “Women are more than just bodies. See more. Be more.” This expanded definition of positive body image provides the foundation for their overall mission to promote body image resilience, or the ability to become stronger *because* of the difficulties and shame women experience in their bodies, not *in spite of* those things. Through both research and personal experiences, More Than a Body works to arm girls and women with the tools to become resilient in the face of objectification and unreal ideals about female bodies.
More Than a Body is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and New York, City, New York. Lindsay and Lexie earned their Ph.D.s from the University of Utah Department of Communication in 2013 after earning their master’s degrees from the same department in 2009. Their complementary dissertations were focused on positive body image through the research areas of resilience, media literacy, health literacy, women’s representation in media, health education, and feminist theory and methods. They earned their bachelor’s degrees (Lindsay in Journalism and Women’s and Gender Studies, and Lexie in Journalism and Speech Communication) from Utah State University in 2006. See below for Lindsay’s TEDx talk, which introduces the mission of More Than a Body in a personal and research-backed way.