You might have spotted men out there flaunting a single painted fingernail and trust us, it’s not just a fashion statement – it’s a symbol of change!
Guys from all walks of life are embracing this trend, expressing themselves with unique nail colors and even some cool designs. But amidst the style, there’s one powerful message that unites them all.
This trend, originally hailing from Down Under, has now become a global movement thanks to the efforts of enterprising men in the United States.
The story behind this movement is truly heartwarming. It all began when Elliot Costello, on a mission with the incredible group Hagar International, crossed paths with a young girl named Thea. Her story left an indelible mark on his heart.
Elliot and his team had ventured to Cambodia with the aim of making a difference in the lives of its people. Little did they know, it was Thea, the smallest villager, who would change their lives forever.
As Elliot spent time with Thea, he discovered her love for nail polish. She painted one of his nails as they bonded over life’s ups and downs, but it was during this conversation that he learned about her painful experience of sexual abuse.
In a touching moment, Elliot made a promise to Thea: “I’ll always keep this nail painted to remember you and your suffering.”
This profound encounter sparked the idea for the Polished Man project. Men from all corners of the world are challenged to paint one fingernail for a week, becoming a #PolishedMan. That single nail on a hand of five represents the one in five children who will suffer from sexual violence.
Polished Man, an organization dedicated to ending child sexual abuse, encourages men to stand up against violent behavior and language, both locally and globally. Shockingly, 96% of such violence against children is perpetrated by men, making them key drivers for change in this crucial battle.
Join the #PolishedMan movement today and be a part of a meaningful change. It’s more than just nail polish; it’s a symbol of unity, empathy, and a commitment to protect our innocent children from harm.