Self-Acceptance 101: StyleLikeU

StyleLikeU is a mother-daughter team that has created a powerful YouTube project driving self-discovery and self-acceptance in teens.

After years of working in the fashion industry, Elisa noticed that the very images she was creating were destroying her daughter Lily’s self-esteem. Elisa and Lily decided to change all that, and the result is a powerful video series entitled What’s Underneath — a project in which people are asked to undress on camera while discussing their style and their journey of personal identity in order to show that it’s not the clothes but the person who wears them that defines style. Look for Elisa and Lily’s work in Germ as we join them in exploring and celebrating self-acceptance. You start here.



R. Shannon Duval is a Ph.D in philosophy, Fulbright Scholar, second degree black belt in TaeKwonDo, and a national champion in kali arnis.  Known as "The Wonder Ninja" for her dual careers in philosophy and martial arts, Germ's Educational Director (and Consulting Editor of Germ U) has traveled to lands far and near, and has discovered that while the pen is mightier than the sword in all of them, swords are still an awful lot of fun.  She loves playing hide and seek in things that are bigger on the inside than the outside, simultaneously wielding distinctions and edged weapons, and pondering the original nature of snowmen. Have a great idea for using Germ in the classroom? Contact her at


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