Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Twin sisters Lindsay and Lexie Kite talk with each other at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011.

OREM — “Beauty Redefined: The Impact of Body Image on Women’s Confidence and Influence” is the title of the third in a four-part speaker and dialogue series scheduled by Utah Valley University’s Utah Women & Leadership Project.

The Jan. 29 event, which will feature Lindsay and Lexie Kite, identical twin sisters and directors of the nonprofit Beauty Redefined, begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Ragan Theater in the Sorensen Student Center.

Studies show that the majority of girls and women live in a state of self-consciousness, constantly monitoring their appearances and evaluating what they look like to others, according to Beauty Redefined.

Overcoming a negative posture of poor self-image and preoccupation with appearance will be the focus of the Kites’ address, a visual presentation on body image resilience, which their research shows is central to mental and physical health, confidence, happiness and empowerment. After the presentation, attendees will move into small groups to continue the dialogue.

Lindsay and Lexie Kite earned Ph.D.s in the study of media and body image from the University of Utah and founded the Beauty Redefined Foundation.

Women and girls age 14 and older are invited to the discussion.

“We also welcome anyone who influences these women, which means men are welcome too,” said Susan Madsen, the Orin R. Woodbury of the Utah Women & Leadership Project.