The Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center was packed Friday night with women of all ages for Girls Night Out (GNO), presented by the City of Agoura Hills, in collaboration with the 91301 cultural arts program. The highlight of the event, which featured an evening of shopping and pampering, was the screening of Finding Kind, a documentary which focuses on the topic of female bullying.
The idea for hosting a Girls Night Out was inspired when the city won a contest to receive a free screening of the movie, according to Jaime Goldstein, Agoura Hills cultural event coordinator. “It’s a night filled with entertainment, but also an opportunity to be educated on bullying and why this issue is so important,” she said.
The nationally released movie is by two Pepperdine students, Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson, who traveled across America interviewing hundreds of females about the “mean girl” phenomenon and sharing what they learned about our culture’s influence on the issue. With their goal of establishing a national school program for girls, Paul and Thompson hope to put an end to the hate. “One hundred percent of girls and women have been the victim of bullying, a target, the aggressor or both,” said Paul. “It’s a universal issue.”
Clothing company Healthy is the New Skinny was one of the vendors in attendance. Amanda Quintanar, a representative, said the business was established to present a positive message for girls with all body types. “We’re only presented with one image in the media,” Quintanar said, “but we provide different looks for many types of body types to show we are all different and that’s okay.”
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Enjoy highlights of the event in our photo gallery.