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Perfectly Imperfect: My Interview with the Stars of MTV’s Girl Code

It seems that growing up has become harder and harder. When I think of my high school years looking towards college and making the necessary preparations, while it may not have been easy, it is nothing like what teenagers are going through today. The pressure to succeed can be very intense. And for some reason, girls also feel this insane pressure to be “perfect”. I see it everyday – starting with some girls in middle school.

The other day, my daughter taking a study break from her hours of studying for her MCAT test, started to tell me about this female medical student that writes a blog that she follows, “Mom, she is beautiful, is in medical school, and writes a blog!”

Ummmm….Beautiful? My daughter’s first qualifier was about this young woman’s appearances!?! The reality is that is the pressure felt by many young women.

Today’s millennial women have more freedom and choices than ever, but they are still faced with pressure to be perfect. In fact, a 2015 online survey of 1,000 U.S. women aged 18-34 years, sponsored by Plan B One-Step®, found that at least 90% of young women have felt the stress of perfection.

And as I said, I see this everyday. And for the girls and young women that fall into this category – the pressure causes them a whole lot of anxiety. That is not a good thing. Whether a young woman is in college or starting their career – it seems like they are bombarded with mixed messages and pressure. I have watched my own children – all young adults, two out of college and one starting her senior year in college – plan and work hard to succeed.

Well, I happen to believe that there is no such thing as perfect. And I know that life doesn’t always go as planned. So when I was offered a chance to interview the stars of MTV’s Girl Code about the Perfectly Imperfect initiative, I said, “Sure. Let’s chat.”

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Carly Aquilino and Nessa Diab are funny! They have become household names on MTV’s Girl Code by being authentic and relatable. They have dished on everything from friendship and dating, to awkward moments that have happened in their lives – all on national television. They are about to launch Their Girl Code Live – the first female late night talk show! It will debut August 31 at 10:30 p.m.

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Carly and Nessa were joined by Dr. Diana Ramos, an expert in women’s health. They are out to spread the word and engage young women in conversations about what it means to be perfectly imperfect while sharing info about emergency contraception. Check out the following interview:

Find out more information at Perfectly Imperfect and Me. The Perfectly Imperfect Tour is hitting the road, engaging college students on what it means to be perfectly imperfect while sharing info about emergency contraception. Don’t miss the fun!

This interview opportunity was sponsored by Plan B One-Step®

(12) Comments

  1. This is great! I love that you point out the perceptions girls get so young. I wish that would change!

  2. What a great initiative! As a mum of a little girl, this is something I have started worrying about already – and she is only two! Things are so different now, even from when I was growing up, and these types of program are REALLY needed. Great interview too, what a fantastic opportunity.

  3. This interview was so well constructed and I love that they empower women what a powerful message.

  4. Seems like a fun show. I’ll have to check it out!

  5. I agree that women should be viewed for more than just their beauty, or lack of. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but these ladies seem fun and like they know what they’re talking about.

  6. I love that this show is for women and by women. I think it’s helpful for girls in this day and age to have strong role models to look up to and these women seem like gems. What a great interview!

  7. I was one of those girls who wanted to be perfect in everything. Since it’s not possible I spent most of my teenager years greatly disappointed in myself. I wish there was someone who told me it’s ok not to be perfect. It took me years to discover that perfect is boring!

  8. I don’t think I realized that it is harder for young people today than when I was in high school. Interesting to think about.

  9. Debra says:

    This sounds like a fun show! I love women hosted talk shows!

  10. Great post! It’s about time that there’s a show by and for women like this one. How lucky you were to get to interview these women that are so inspirational to us.

  11. This is great. I love that women are making their way into the space with empowering messages. You go girls!

  12. I love that women are creating their own talk show. I hope it doesn’t get gossipy and stays on the track of empowering young women. I think that is such an important thing in society today.

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