Over the last several years, Dove has begun a Campaign for Real Beauty. They have featured women of all shapes, sizes, colors and ages in magazines confident in their own skin. Through though provoking ads and workshops on embracing confidence, Dove has encouraged women worldwide to look outside the traditional definition of beauty and redefine it for themselves. Learn more about Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty here.
This one minute video by Dove follows the evolution of a model. They take a regular woman, do her hair and make-up, take her picture and then subsequently Photoshop the photos. Please take a moment to watch it.
How does this make you rethink the beautiful faces and bodies we emulate in magazines?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
– Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love