Dove has done it again with this video that speaks to the heart of the beauty issue for women and girls. In this three-minute ad, a forensic artist sketches people based on their own perceptions of themselves and then again how others see them. It brought me to tears.
Dove says that only 4% of women worldwide think they are beautiful.
We have been trained to see and obsess on our flaws, and it is time to retrain ourselves to appreciate the things we like about ourselves and others. What we focus on expands.
Challenge yourself to start looking for the good. I know how hard it can be, and I also know it’s our choice. For every time you cut yourself down, find five things about yourself that you like. I suggested this to a group of about 100 high school girls from Connecticut last year, and one of them just wrote me saying that they still do it!
This video brought me to tears because I know I am my worst critic. I would never judge my friends the way I do myself, and it’s a constant process of learning how to give myself the same grace as I do those around me. The change starts with us. As we start to embody a love for ourselves, we encourage healthy self-esteem in others as well.
Thank you, Dove, for another creative and heartfelt message. 4% no more.