I find it alarming that 6 out of 10 girls stop doing what they love because they feel bad about their looks. I understand why though, society teaches us that looks are so important, when actually they aren’t and should never be. I was a pretty active teenager in High School. I played field hockey and was in a few clubs, but I never gave my all. Mainly due to feeling less than perfect. Self-Confidence and beauty have to be taught and talked about, so let’s talk. There is something we can all do to help thanks to Dove Let’s Talk Self Esteem Weekend.
Dove Let’s Talk Self Esteem Weekend, October 5-7, when Dove will be holding a nationwide rally to talk about beauty, confidence, and self-esteem. Commit to talk to the girl in your life during the weekend and beyond – it all starts with a conversation.
If you can’t share over the weekend, any time is a good time to start the conversation.
Not sure where to start? Download the Let’s Talk Toolkit using the provided link. Created with Jess Weiner, Dove Global Self-Esteem Ambassador, this is a great resource for all women on starting a conversation in a simple way. Ask, Share, Listen and Act — you’ll find unintimidating ways to do make these a natural part of your talk about Self-Esteem.
Dove® research shows that it is still important for us to discuss girls’ anxiety about looks, as a universal increase in beauty pressure and a decrease in girls’ confidence as they grow older. Key findings from our latest research include:
• Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful (up from 2% in 2004)
• Only 11% of girls globally are comfortable using the word beautiful to describe themselves
• 72% of girls feel tremendous pressure to be beautiful
• 80% of women agree that every woman has something about her that is beautiful but do not see their own beauty
• More than half (54%) of women globally agree that when it comes to how they look, they are their own worst beauty critic
SOURCE: Dove Research: The Real Truth About Beauty: Revisited
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Disclosure: Thanks to Dove for sponsoring today’s discussion.