I absolutely love this advert from Dove and it makes me think every time that it is shown.
The advert starts with a question posed to a few women: “What is the least favourite part of your body” The average response time is two seconds.
When asked “what is the most favourite part of our bodies”, the response time is “much , much longer”.
The truth is as a woman, I absolutely hate my body. I can find fault with absolutely every part of it. I hate compliments and will argue with you until I’m blue in the face as to why whatever compliment was passed my way is simply not true.
I certainly don’t believe that I am the only woman who feels this way about myself and the advert certainly shows this. Funnily enough, the parts of their body that these women criticise, I can’t always find fault with.
The question is where do these feelings come from. Growing up, my parents and family always told me I was the “most beautiful girl in the world”. They have to say that -they are family. My cousin had me in tears in grade 1, when he told this to me on the bus home. I quickly ran to tell my mother of the “awful” lies my cousin was spreading.
Is it that we as women spend too much time comparing ourselves to the skin and bone models on TV and in magazines. Is that what we classify as beautiful? Is it the fact that the society we live in, social media, TV and almost everything that we come across portrays a version of beauty that we feel we simply cannot measure up to? Do we really strive to live up to that photoshopped version of perfection.
I think that deep down we do.
I think that we have let society dictate what is beautiful and in so doing, we have lost the beauty that is to be a woman.
True beauty comes from accepting ourselves for who we are; unique and beautiful in our own way. This is a lesson I am hard pressed to learn and struggle with every day!.