Although society has manipulated many into believing that beauty only comes in one form; looks, it is completely false. I find it ridiculous that the majority of girls, and women on television/ads are always skinny.
Especially taunting was the Victoria Secret “I love my body campaign,” instead of making women feel secure and safe in their own body, I bet this campaign did the exact opposite and made many of us feel insecure. I know I was caught up in it for a minute and thought out loud “I’d love to have their body,” feeling insecure and anxiety about my own body. Quickly my husband replied “Well I love your body just the way it is, and I wouldn’t change anything about it.” Pop! He brought me back to my reality, I do love my body, every bump, lump, bulge, whatever you wanna call it, I own it, and LOVE it. Beauty should be a source of confidence, not anxiety.
Months later, I came across the Dove “Real Beauty Campaign,” and girl, I felt like I fit right in with that crew. They were gorgeous, and to see the different sizes and how confident they looked, made me feel so secure and confident too! Dove really nailed it with their “Real Beauty Campaign.” They stated the REALITY, beauty comes in many forms, shapes, and sizes.
Did you know that anxiety about looks begins at an early age and holds girls back from reaching their full potential. According to Dove global research, 72 percent of girls (ages 10-17) feel tremendous pressure to be beautiful and Only 11 percent of girls (ages 10-17) are comfortable using the word beautiful to describe themselves.
Everyone has the opportunity to make a difference is a girl’s self-esttem. I often have conversations with my husband about beauty; how it’s perceived in the media, what beauty is in reality, how to feel/accept and love our body, what is/isn’t healthy and most importantly, how we will discuss/portray beauty with our children in the future. Did you know that more than half of girls globally
say their mother is their number one female role model (66 percent U.S., 59
I strongly encourage you to take action and start a conversation about beauty with the girls and women in your life, it can make a world of difference. You can find out more about Dove’s Beauty and Self-Esteem initiative by visiting Vive Mejor and Vive Mejor’s Hablemos (Let’s Talk) information page, where you will find tools that will help you motivate and inspire all the girls in your life.
invites women across the U.S. to participate in the Dove Self-Esteem
Weekend, taking place October 5-7 nationwide.
- Dove partner organizations will host events
- Walmart stores will have designated areas within
the store where visitors can share a message of encouragement to girls
- he Kroeger Co. will host a self-esteem
event in Cincinnati for local members of Boys & Girls Clubs
Let’s talk about beauty and self-esteem!
Join program expert, People en Espanol columnist and parenting expert Jeannette Torres-Alvarez TODAY, Thursday October 4th, from 7-8 pm EST on Facebook chat, to talk about beauty and self-esteem. To join the chat visit facebook.com/vivemejor.
Disclosure: This post is compensated and in collaboration with DOVE and Latina Bloggers Connect. OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.