The “What I Be” project is all about honesty. In today’s society, we are told to look or act a certain way. If we differ from these “standards,” we are often judged, ridiculed, and sometimes even killed over them.
Steve Rosenfield started “What I Be” to open up the lines of communication and tohelp everyone accept diversity with an open mind and heart. Each person who takes part is extremely courageous. They are putting their insecurities out in the open and exposing a side of themselves that nobody has seen before. By stating “I am not my ______,” they are claiming that they do, in fact, struggle with these issues, but that these issues do not define who they are as people.
It is not aimed for people to say “You’re not fat” or “You don’t have love handles.” It is to spread awareness on what people go through because of society’s paved roads. These are serious issues that some of us can live with, but many battle on a daily basis. We encourage each viewer to look at each image and put yourself in the individual’s shoes. By allowing yourself to feel what they feel, you might realize something you have never realized before.
If you don’t understand the message, stay tuned. To eliminate any confusion, the participants will each write a statement explaining how their insecurity has affected their life.
Thank you for showing interest in this project and for taking the time to read what it’s all about. To check out the project page, see whatibeproject.com. To read more about Steve Rosenfield, see his section below.