Women are their own worst beauty critics.

Women are their own worst beauty critics. How often do we say “I’m so fat” or “my lips/eyes/cheeks/[insert body part] is too big/small/thick/thin/[insert word indicating lack of satisfaction].” Enough is enough.

Yesterday I found Dove‘s Real Beauty Sketches video and couldn’t be more inspired. Dove cites that “Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful” and in turn, the brand conducted a compelling social experiment exploring how women view their own beauty in contrast to what others see. The brand worked with a former forensic artist who met with different women asking them to describe how they looked – their face structure, their mouth and eye shape, their hair length. He then sketched each women based on their own self-description. The women were then asked to describe each other’s face and the same artist sketched the face based on someone’s else’s description.

I love what one of the participants said at the end: “I should be more grateful of my natural beauty. It impacts the choices in friends we make, the jobs we apply for, the way we treat our children. It impacts everything…it couldn’t be more critical to your happiness.” So true. xo

Find more at Dove’s Beauty Sketches site here.

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