21, Women’s Health advocate, multi-media manager at World Youth Alliance
Self-care, particularly women’s health, is something women surprisingly don’t talk about. “It’s not about vanity. It’s about well-being,” says Pauline Superable, an advocate of the cause.
Originally, Pauline had chosen to take on an artistic path but shifted her focus to women’s health. “World Youth Alliance (WYA) was the organization that introduced me to women’s health. FEMM, (a women’s health app) and sister company of WYA, required us to train and understand [it]…and that’s when I slowly realized how important it is to take care of yourself in order to be happier,” she says.
Growing up, Pauline was admittedly apathetic about what she put in her body or what she did. “I didn’t care about that stuff. If you saw a picture of me, I was super big and unhealthy—I was unhappy.” She continues, “It was hard for me to accept myself. I had so many insecurities.” But through her internship with WYA in New York, and consciously making the effort to eat right and be active (she does Pilates), Pauline now understands the positive changes that come with mindful choices. “If you feel good, it uplifts you as a person; it uplifts everything else,” she says, proudly.
Pauline continues to work with and for WYA and FEMM, and is currently busy helping improve their app for women. Women’s health aside, Pauline also ensures she upholds WYA’s core values, one of which is human dignity, through the Human Dignity Curriculum. “This means that regardless of who you are, which family you were born into, where you come from, what your religion is, you are valuable and you are still worthy of love and still worthy of respect.”