I was sent this video and accompanying text by colleagues at Dove this morning – I think it could make a great discussion starter next week at school. What do you think? DO you think we can ‘Choose Beautiful?’ Please take a moment to leave a comment to explain how you’d use this video to start a discussion about beauty and body image as a teacher, parent or friend.
Think of all the things you choose in the morning. The choices that are in your power to make. Having an extra five minutes in bed or jumping straight out. A ponytail or a blow dry. Heeled shoes or flat shoes.
How about feeling beautiful?
That’s right – feeling beautiful. It’s a choice just like any other you make about yourself, a personal power we all have the right to embrace. And yet even the most confident of us can shrink away from using that word. Whether it’s because we think it’s an accolade reserved only for supermodels, or we don’t think we fit the criteria, or we’re worried what people will think, it goes for most of us.
Complicated, and more or less the same story everywhere. All around the world, women aren’t feeling confident in their own beauty. How many women told us they felt anxious about the way they look? 96% of UK women would avoid using the word beautiful to describe themselves despite almost all of the women we spoke to agreed that every woman has something beautiful about her, but that often they don’t see it in themselves.
But we’ve realised something. We don’t have to wait for a new trend, or magazine, or person to come along and give us permission to start feeling beautiful. We’re women. We’re powerful. We can choose beautiful for ourselves. It’s not anyone’s right, but our own.
With this revelation in mind, we set out to create our new Dove video – we wanted to reach women everywhere and get a wider understanding of their views and opinions. So we visited five cities across the world – San Francisco, Shanghai, Delhi, London and Sao Paulo – to explore how different cultures influence the choices women make about their beauty and encourage them to always make positive ones. But most of all, we wanted to show them that every day, wherever they are, they have the power to wake up and make the choice to feel beautiful.
We know what you’re thinking. It’s easy to say, but believing it is a whole other thing. And you’re right. It’s still a long road. But this is the next step.
Choose beautiful. Start now.
If you want to continue the conversation you might like these further videos from Dove which are also great conversation starters re Body Image:
A stark look at the difference between real life faces and those we see in the media.
Real Beauty Sketches
The difference between how we look through our own eyes and the eyes of others.