Have you seen Dove's Real Beauty Sketches?
I've been at home with the flu (again) and surfing around the internet and I just stumbled on this. It brought so many tears to my eyes.
Only 4% of the women in the world think they are beautiful which is a staggering statistic if you really think about it. I tried to imagine the things I would have told the artist about myself, but wasn't really sure which direction I would go. I guess I have good days and bad days (or, as my mom and I call them, "fat days"). I think it would have had to depend on my mood.
I've always been someone who was very concerned with how I looked and for years of my life, I obsessed over certain flaws about myself. It is silly when I take a moment to think of myself from the outside and how what I have is good and pretty and I shouldn't spend so much time in the mirror wishing my pores were smaller or that my hair was thicker (etc). I know these are universal feelings, but sometimes they can just be overwhelming.
When I was younger, my dad brought home a video called "Gapped-Toothed Women" and we watched it together on the couch. I sucked my thumb for way longer than I should have and as a result, had some gnarly looking teeth, including a large gap between my two front teeth. My dad was always a great encourager and motivator in terms of natural beauty, but it took a long time for me to see it for myself. I envied other girl's teeth and kept my lips pressed tightly when opportunities to smile arose. Years after my expensive dental work, I look back at my awkward times and realize that there was really not all that much to dislike about myself. I wasted so many years being embarrassed of crooked teeth and that's unfortunate, but not something I can't correct in my future.
I've been reading a lot about this Dove Real Beauty campaign and a lot of people think it's just baloney to get people to buy Dove shampoo, and maybe it is. I'm probably not going to, but I'm glad I saw the video.