this short film shows how the women in our lives can affect how we feel about ourselves based on how they feel about their own appearance.
I really recommend watching the film, it's very thought-provoking and has made me think about how I want to create a positive environment for any young girls in my life. You don't realise what a big impact you have on the others around you. I'm often complaining to my younger sister about my beauty niggles. I've never considered it may be having a negative impact on her. Leading psychotherapist and Chair of the Dove Self-Esteem Project Advisory Board, Susie Orbach says: "A girl grows up absorbing the behaviours and attitudes of their family members, especially her mother's, and making them her own. These behaviours and attitudes form the foundation of who they are and how they feel about themselves." If I were to ask my Mum what she didn't like about herself I know she would say her teeth and nose and I would say the same about myself. New research from Dove revealed that a third of Mothers admitted that their child had mimicked their negative beauty behaviours. I don't think women are aware quite how much young girls are absorbing the body language and words they use to describe their own appearance and applying it to themselves.
Every women has the opportunity to make a difference to a girl's self-esteem. Dove wants all women to embrace their beauty so they can make a difference to those they love. Dove is inviting women to pledge their positive beauty legacy by sharing who in their life inspires them using the hashtag #FeelBeautifulFor. I want to feel beautiful for my little sister so she grows up strong, happy, confident and free from the pressure of beauty stereotypes.
Want to win a limited edition Dove tote like the one pictured above? I have 5 to giveaway to my lovely readers. To enter simply comment below who inspires you to feel beautiful for. Open to UK residents only, winners will be announced on 17 October. Leave your twitter handle or email address in the comment so I can get in touch if you win. Good luck!