Albany’s Ajia Crosby is one of 15 young leaders from around WA chosen to share her story in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the office of the Commissioner for Children and Young People. An aspiring author, Ms Crosby is working on a book to promote body diversity and positivity and organising a body and gender-inclusive youth fashion show at the Albany Library in 2021 to fund the book’s costs. Ms Crosby hopes to make everyone comfortable in the skin they’re in, no matter what their age. “Something like 99 per cent of people will deal with body image issues in their life, it’s something everyone will think about at some point,” Ms Crosby said. Ms Crosby’s focus on body positivity comes from knowing people with eating disorders and body image issues and seeing the effect on young people of social media and filters, which create an unrealistic image of what a person’s body should look like. “Social media allows people to be as bold or horrible as they want in their comments because they’re hiding behind a screen,” she said. She says people as young as eight are being hospitalised for eating disorders with the body types projected in the fashion industry and social media a contributing cause. So far Ms Crosby is in the early stages of compiling her book with community help and the support of psychologists in the fact-checking process. Having recently graduated from high school and finished a course at Curtin University, Ms Crosby is taking a year off to travel and work.