I’ve had some time to think about how I’m going to take this project forward – it would be such a shame to give up on it now; I’ve spent so much energy getting the project together that I don’t want to see it amount to nothing now!
I’ve re-started the red ‘you are amazing’ t-shirt campaign; this is the last time that these shirts will be available as I will be moving on to other designs in different colours with other slogans, so if you want to get your hands on the original self-esTEEm campaign shirts, this is your chance!
As ever, a percentage of the profit made from these shirts will be donated to Body Gossip, a wonderful charity which goes around schools talking to young people about body positivity, they do great work and I’d love to help them out by donating.
To check out the new campaign, please click on the image below. We only need two more pre-orders for the campaign to tip – please consider joining in!
Well, here we go! As promised we have set up an easy to use and hassle free website for the purchase of our products through a company called Spreadshirt. Unfortunately Teespring was not the best option for producing these shirts due to their pledging system which also meant that there was a long wait before t-shirts were printed and delivered.
We are proud to be able to tell you that we now have an official featured charity; Body Gossip! Body Gossip (BG) campaigns through Arts and Education to empower every body to be the best version of themselves and rock their own brand of gorgeous, and we at the self-esTEEm campaign are proud to say that we will be donating 10% of our profits to this wonderful confidence boosting team.
As soon as I saw the self-esTEEm campaign I knew I had to wear one of the shirts. It’s a fantastic idea, and creates a talking point with other people. I don’t even mind them staring at my chest when I know they want to ask “What does that say?” The answer raises a shared smile and most people wish they could wear one themselves, or certainly know someone else they’d like to buy one for. And it’s not to point the finger at another individual’s vulnerability; the intention is to empower.
At some point in my life (but very early on) I decided that I wasn’t ‘enough’ of anything. I wasn’t pretty enough, smart enough, slim enough, creative enough, likeable enough, able enough. These thoughts plagued me throughout my life, taking me down paths I shouldn’t have been on, leading me away from all of the things I’d ever wanted.
I’ve suffered from low self-esteem since the age of 13 as a result of bullying while at secondary school. I was never considered “cool” enough at school since I was not wearing the latest trainers nor did I wear the latest fashions. This went on for a couple of years and this was to have a profound impact upon the way I would see myself in the future.
Michael with Stan Lee at London Film and Comic Convention, July 2014