An opinion is like a nose, everyone has one but when an opinion involves the eyes, what many girls see when they look in the mirror is vastly different from what others observe in how they see the same girl’s image.
When it comes to body image, young women continue to struggle with self-image. Even when, given an honest evaluation through the eyes of others, they are actually seen as extremely attractive.
The informative site easternecho.com shares, “Social media was designed to be a place for people to share what they’ve been up to or branch out and meet new people. However, it has turned into something much more serious. Social networking sites, such as Facebook and Instagram, are starting to become less like entertainment and more like an addiction for many users, whether they realize it or not. The biggest problem it’s causing, especially to young woman, is body image issues.”
The concern is that body image isn’t necessarily how a person looks, but how they perceive themselves.
Young girls especially are under a lot of pressure to maintain a certain body type. With social media and selfies, it makes the stress even heavier. If a girl posts and doesn’t get as many likes as she expected, it can greatly erode her self-confidence.
The respected health and wellness group at mayoclinic.org add, “Girls often face significant pressure to look attractive. The quest for a perfect body or appearance can take a heavy toll, though. Maintaining a healthy body image during adolescence, a period of major physical and emotional changes, can be difficult.”
There is a giant influencer in the area of personal care that desires to help.
Dove is a personal care brand owned by Unilever originating in the United Kingdom. Dove products are manufactured in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.
Their products are sold in more than 80 countries.
In terms of a woman’s personal beauty, at their vibrant site dove.com they encourage that beauty is not defined by shape, size or color, it’s feeling like the best version of yourself. Authentic. Unique. Real. Which is why they’ve made sure their site reflects that.
Every image you see there features women cast from real life. A real life version of beauty.
In terms of women and their view of their body image, they’re on a mission to help the next generation of women realize their full potential
They have a dynamic plan. Let’s visit their site and listen in.
At dove.com they express, “At Dove, we have a vision of a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. Our mission is to ensure the next generation grow up enjoying a positive relationship with the way they look – helping girls to raise their self-esteem and realise their full potential.
Did you know that 6 out of 10 girls are so concerned with the way they look that they opt out of important activities? From playing sports and swimming to visiting the doctor, going to school or just offering an opinion, anxiety about their looks can keep girls from living life to the full. It’s clear something needs to be done and that’s where we can help.
Together with leading experts from fields including psychology, health, and body image, we’ve created a programme of world-class resources, many of which have been scientifically proven to significantly develop and increase body confidence and self-esteem in young people. In the 11 years since we launched the Dove Self-Esteem Project, more than 625,000 teachers have delivered a Dove self-esteem workshop and more than 1.5 million parents have engaged with our online content.
We’ve already helped 19.4 million young people in 138 countries. But we won’t stop there. Our global mission is to reach 20 million more by 2020.”
Very admirable goals.
“The ‘self-image’ is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self-image and you change the personality and the behavior.”… Maxwell Maltz
They participated in an experiment and survey regarding young women and their body image and it fascinating how real life speaks so loudly.
The program is call Dove Real Beauty Sketches.
They share that information as well. “If someone asked you to describe yourself, what would you say? Our body image takes such a battering that feeling beautiful can be hard – sometimes we just can’t see beauty in ourselves at all. We think our self-esteem is in serious need of a boost.
The problem is, we’re so bombarded by unattainable standards of beauty – in magazines, TV, advertisements, on social media – that we undervalue the true beauty in ourselves. More than half of women globally agree that when it comes to how they look, they’re their own worst critic. Our perception of ourselves is far less positive than it should be. And since we know that feeling beautiful is the first step to living happier, more confident lives, we decided to do something about it.
That something was a daring new beauty experiment: Real Beauty Sketches. We asked women to describe themselves to FBI trained forensic artist Gil Zamora (from behind a mysterious curtain), who drew a portrait of them based on their description.
A random stranger was then asked to describe the same woman to Gil, to see how their description would differ. The result? Two completely different portraits. The one based on the stranger’s portrayal was more beautiful, happier and more accurate. It proved exactly what we suspected: that you’re more beautiful than you think. So to help inspire the millions of women around the world who don’t see their own beauty, we created a film showing the women’s reactions to their portraits, and the impact of their refreshed view of themselves.
“When I was asked to be a part of the film for Dove, I never imagined how different the two sketch portrayals would be,” said Gil.
What has stayed with me are the emotional reactions the women had when they viewed the composite sketches hung side by side. I think many of these brave women realised that they had a distorted self-perception that had affected parts of their lives in significant ways.
More than 50 million people viewed the Dove video within 12 days of its release. To date, Real Beauty Sketches has been viewed almost 180 million times. We want the film to continue to inspire every single one of the 80% of women who feel anxious about how they look to reconsider their view of their own beauty and remember: you’re more beautiful than you think. It could be as easy as seeing ourselves through a stranger’s eyes.”
While it lasts, here is an excerpt of the video found on YouTube.
Here is another one regarding young girls and a discussion on beauty and selfies.
How you feel regarding your looks affects so many aspects of your life. One of the strong messages we’ve gleaned from listening to Dove’s message is that you should not be your own worst enemy but instead, in terms of how you view your personal beauty, become an advocate and your own best friend.
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Opening photo Dove.com