ClassyBlackGirl.com is proud to announce and Welcome Yaisa N. Mann as our New Health & Fitness Editor! She brings honesty, zest, energy and vigor to our web resource! Read her bio and be impressed with the excellence that is joining our team so that you can be upgraded! -----
Yaisa Mann is a body image expert and is leading the way in helping girls and women to create a body confidence lifestyle. She has struggled with her own body image and junk food binge eating disorder for many years and through her education realized that she had a problem that was bigger than her favorite candy and chips.
She is completing her Ph.D. in English with a focus in American Studies specializing in popular culture, race, gender, and body image. Her research explores how popular culture influences the formation of Black girls’ identity by examining what choices they make about how they see themselves.
In addition to her studies, she teaches college courses to help students understand and resist harmful media messages that affect their self esteem and body image. Her classes vary from the Freshman 15: Body Image Myth vs. Reality and Barbie Bender: Nicki Minaj Complicating Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Pink Femininity.
Along with her academic service, Yaisa is a blogger for About-Face, a writer for VANE magazine, is involved with both the National Eating Disorders Association and the Oklahoma Eating Disorders Association, and was recently selected to be featured on the cover of the latest edition of Our Bodies Ourselves and in the National Eating Disorders Awareness 2013 Calender.
Combining her life’s work, Yaisa created SwagHER Fitness a Body Confidence Lifestyle Program to help girls and women reach their health and fitness goals from head-to-toe through dance fitness, body confidence coaching, workshops, and community activities. She is a group fitness instructor and teaches Zumba Fitness, R.I.P.P.E.D., Turbo Kick, Hip Hop Hustle, and her own specialty Boot Camp challenges like “New Year, New Attitude” and “Get Bodied Like Beyonce.” Even though her program is for girls and women, she describes SwagHER as an attitude for everyone, having total confidence about being the best version of yourself!