If you’ve been with me for a little while now, you’ll know that women’s body image, and more importantly our perception of our own body image is something that is very close to my heart.
Some time ago I shared the spoof “Fotoshop by Adobe” video and the Dove Evolution videos to illustrate how important it is for us to embrace our innate realness, to celebrate who and what we are and to understand that the perceptions of beauty that are perpetuated by the media are at best warped and at worst dangerous.
So when I saw the latest offering from Dove, the Dove Real Beauty Sketches, I instantly fell in love with it…and felt a real admiration for the women who were brave enough to be a part of it.
The concept is simple. The message is powerful.
The Dove Real Beauty Sketches shows several women who walk into a room where a man is sat at a sketching table.
She is seated in a position where they are unable to see each other.
He asks her to describe herself as he translates her words into an image on the paper.
A short time later a different person comes in, someone who is a stranger to the woman being sketched, but who has spent a short amount of time with her.
This person then describes the same woman from their perspective.
The man is a forensic sketch artist who worked for the FBI taking people’s descriptions and creating a visual image that can be used to identify others.
We then get to see the two pictures being revealed to the women…one described by themselves, one described by a stranger who has spent a short time with them.
The contrast is amazing.
The impact it has on these women is beautiful.
We spend a lot of time as women analysing and trying to fix the things that aren’t quite ‘right’ and we should spend more time appreciating the things that we do like.
Our perception of our own beauty is so distorted, and these beautiful women have had the courage to be vulnerable – taking part in a video where they didn’t really know what was going to happen, and allowed that vulnerability to be shown to the world, to help other women to see the reality of their beauty…rather than the perception they have in their own minds.
I know I said this last week, but I hope every single woman gets to watch this video.
…and I would like to ask you a favour.
Please share this video with any women that you know. I guarantee she’ll see some of herself in it, from some point in her life.
The Stranger’s was a little more gentle
That’s pretty different….which is very strange. [Looking at her self-described image] She looks closed off and fatter, kind of shut down, sadder too. [Looking at her stranger-described image] The second one is more beautiful. She looks more open and friendly and….happy.
I’ve come a long way in how I see myself, but I think I still have some way to go…
So today I would like you to join me in celebrating Olivia, Florence, Kela and the other women from the Dove Real Beauty Sketches…and hope that they inspire you to realise that you’re more beautiful than you think…and to start to look at yourself with new eyes, the way the world sees you, in all of your natural beauty.
Chloe’s perception was so clearly different. Her picture looked like somebody I tought I would want to talk to and be friends with, like a happy light much younger much brighter person.
I should be more grateful of my natural beauty. It impacts the choices in the friends we make, the jobs we apply for, how we treat our children. It impacts everything. It couldn’t be more critical to your happiness.
As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female, then send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with 3 simple details:
- Who is your Fabulous Friday Female? (Her name and location in the world)
- Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU? (How do you know her? What does she do? In what way is she inspiring?)
- A photo or link to a picture of her online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)
So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women who inspire YOU. …and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too! Claire x