Ten-year-old Kalle Copeland didn't understand why he had to join his mother and sister at Sunday's second annual Healthy Girl Festival in Laguna Beach.
"'I'm a boy,'" he said to his mother, Sarah Copeland. "'Why do I have to go?'"
The festival, which raises awareness about the social pressure women and girls face in today's society, was a good reference for not just her daughter, Katrina, but her son as well, Sarah Copeland said.
Copeland said she wanted the festival to encourage her daughter to lead a healthy, positive and successful life and to teach her son about the importance of supporting healthy girls and women.
More than 600 people attended this year's Healthy Girl Festival, which was held at the Festival of Arts grounds in Laguna Canyon and organized by Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach.
Maggie Hempen, the festival's director of communication and outreach, said the event is like the spoonful of sugar with the medicine. It's a place where girls can gather and talk about serious issues while also having fun.