Dove Real Beauty Sketches #randomthought

So Dove has triumphed over the interwebs these few days with the launch of her latest campaign “Dove Real Beauty Sketches”.

Women are their own worst beauty critics. Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful. At Dove, we are committed to creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. So, we decided to conduct a compelling social experiment that explores how women view their own beauty in contrast to what others see.

And don’t forget: YOU are more beautiful than you think!

More about the campaign here: http://realbeautysketches.dove.com/

I won’t deny this is a great effort from Dove in educating women about our ‘own beauty’; telling us that we all are more beautiful than we think we are, which gives us more confidence and bla bla bla … Okay, for all the praises, please go check those out on #wearebeautiful. I do love the video and the stories etc, BUT…

Now, let’s just face the reality! Our lives are not only shaped by people who love us, like us or don’t know about us (aka strangers). I might sound negative but I like to think I’m being practical. There are people who hate us, dislike us, always in conflict with us, extremely critical about us (either about personality or appearance). I am curious how those people view us through the eyes of theirs.

So there was a person who always made me angry. Every time she was around, I turned instantly annoyed. This is the effect rendered from several bad experience we had. What can I say but my defense mechanism works just too well?. And it was not only me, the feelings were mutual. If you ask me to describe her face, I guess all the features would be nothing short of grumpy, mean, arrogant and unhappy. Probably uglier than she could ever think of herself. Again, the feeling is mutual so I’m pretty sure in her head, I could probably appear as a monster or something? So in this case, would the statement “You are more beautiful than you think” be still valid?

The second thing is none of us is an angel. We have things to do, words to say, thoughts to process and practically, in certain circumstances being a.l.i.t.t.l.e ugly (while still legal) can make our lives so much easier. Who disagrees? So I’m curious about is what Dove would say about this other side of beautiful. Should we all be aware that “You are more beautiful than you think, but let’s not forget we all have an ugly side as well unless you are an angel who actually doesn’t exist!

Above all, is it that necessary to know what others think about us?

Anyway, this is not an entry to diss Dove and its effort in pulling off such an successful campaign. Just some random thoughts of a wanderer who gets lost in her own mind 😀

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