Style Like U

Style Like U

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StyleLikeU was founded by mother-daughter duo Elisa Goodkind & Lily Mandelbaum. Before starting StyleLikeU, Elisa Goodkind was a fashion stylist working for top fashion magazines and celebrities. After twenty years in the business, she was frustrated by how the industry, which had once supported artistry and rebellion, had become about selling status, conformity and increasingly formulaic ideals of beauty. At the same time, Elisa’s daughter, Lily, was a teenager struggling deeply with her body image. In an oversaturated media culture dominated by models who looked nothing like her, she was consumed with trying to change herself physically in order to be and look like someone else.

Elisa and Lily chose to create StyleLikeU as an alternative to this disempowering status quo. In 2009, the duo picked up a home video camera and began to document diverse individuals who were challenging fashion industry norms in their style. In 2014, they launched, “The What’s Underneath Project,” a series of docu-style video portraits where people of all ages, races, body types, genders and abilities remove layers of clothing while sharing honest, empowering stories related to style, self-image and identity. With 35+ million views, What’s Underneath has become a viral phenomenon, empowering viewers around the world to reject society’s limited norms and discover a sense of freedom and comfort in their own skin.

With thousands of messages from fans around the world whose lives have been changed by StyleLikeU and who want to share their stories, in 2017, Elisa and Lily are expanding globally, creating international content, hosting open-call What’s Underneath events for the public, facilitating self-acceptance workshops in colleges and communities worldwide, and finishing production on their short documentary, I am What’s Underneath.


What's Underneath Self-Acceptance Workshop
Join the mother-daughter duo behind the popular YouTube channel, StyleLikeU, and their viral video series, The What's Underneath Project, for the #iamwhatsunderneath workshop, which will empower you to accept the skin you're in and step into your whole & most powerful self. The workshop will help you unpack how the media you consume (fashion, beauty, social media, etc) impacts your sense of self-image, guiding you through a cathartic process that will support you in unpacking your own experiences with self-image and identity, exploring questions around body image, race, gender, sexuality and more. Ultimately, the workshop will leave you transformed, understanding first hand that true beauty is not about fitting into an outside norm or exclusive beauty standard, but is rather a result of self-acceptance and embracing how unrepeatable you are.