I’m sure you’ve seen the numerous Dove campaign videos and photos about building self esteem and redefining beauty. The most recent video, which shows women wearing a patch that supposedly releases medication to make them more confident, has garnered a lot of attention.
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The women all start to feel more beautiful and confident as the experiment goes on. However, at the end they are told the patch is a placebo. The video ends with the sentence, “Beauty is a state of mind.”
Some people are crazy about it, others, not so much. Me? I think it’s yet another reminder of the one thing I want my daughter to know:
That if she is confident and true to herself, she will be beautiful.
Research shows that only 4 percent of women think they are beautiful and six in 10 girls stop doing what they love because they feel bad about their looks.
This is outrageous. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m guilty of groaning at the mirror rather than smiling – we all are. But I don’t want The Bug to see that.
I want her to know that she is strong.
I want her to know that she is special, capable, and smart.
I want her to follow her passions, find new dreams and never stop exploring.
I want her to know grace and forgiveness but also to stick up for herself as needed.
I want her to be who she is, every second, every minute of every day.
But, it has to start with me and it has to start with you. So today, smile at yourself in the mirror. Stand tall, remind yourself that you are amazing, talented and able to accomplish anything you put your mind to. And while you’re at it, remind someone else too.