A Great Commercial

Friday, October 27, 2006
A friend sent this to me today and I felt the need to share. Now if only more people would realize that real beauty isn't found in magazines, in the movies, or on a billboard. While I'm not a big fan of Dove (according to PETA, it's parent company, Unilever, still tests on animals), I think they're recent "Real Beauty" Campaign is fantastic.


Gardenia said...

Doesn't this set us up as women for that horrible feeling of "never measuring up?" It's about time a movement started to do something about this...unreal standard. This is why I hate pornography so bad - the women aren't real, and men who are in to it are always looking for "the perfect woman" and the girl friends and wives (un-airbrushed) never meet the standard. Oh one could rant on about our crazy standards for a loooooonnng time. I read a theory once: that when people have little too eat - fat becomes beauty, but times in history when there has been plenty, then bones become all the rage.

Red said...

Diana's theory is absolutely right. I have met several people from Africa who have confirmed it: because in some regions of Africa food is at a premium, being fat/overweight becomes a symbol of your status, first of all; but it is also a recognized standard of beauty.

Remember that song "Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen"? When he says, "Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly"? Well, that is the stand I took: I have stopped reading beauty magazines years ago. Nobody in Vogue, Cosmo or even Marie-Claire has my body shape. So what exactly can these mags give me without taking away some of my self-confidence?

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