Gok Wan is petitioning parliament to include body confidence lessons in all school curriculums, to enable teens to have a healthier body image.
Style guru Gok has given 21-year-old Shona Collins – winner of 2008 series Miss Naked Beauty – the task of campaigning for the change to the current curriculum, to be shown as part of the upcoming series of How To Look Good Naked.
Gok hopes that thousands will sign the petition which, later this year, will be presented to policy makers at Downing St to try and secure body confidence on the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) syllabus.
Explaining the idea behind the campaign, Gok said: “When I first started filming How to Look Good Naked I had no idea of the body hatred epidemic.
“After five years filming the show I feel confident that a difference can be made. We need to teach the next generation that what we see in the media is not a fair representation of the real body.”
Calling for people to sign the petition, Gok added: “Eating disorders and obesity show poor body confidence is endemic amongst young people.
“Without your signatures we don’t have a counter argument, with your signatures we have an army.”
Shona has spent the last few months speaking to parents, teachers and teenagers about body image.
She said: “It was shocking to me how depressed and down young girls are about their appearance and body shapes.
“I discussed with classes how they think it could be changed and the idea came about to include a lesson on body confidence in the PSHE curriculum.”
To find out more and sign the petition visit www.channel4.com/naked
The new series of How to Look Good Naked starts on Channel 4 next month.