Beauty. Confidence. Self Esteem. Dove.
As a teenager I was overweight. I was lucky to have a great group of friends and a fairly good amount of confidence in myself. But it didn’t mean things were easy. I recently learned from Dove that 6 out of 10 girls stop doing what they love because they feel bad about their looks. That is 60% of girls! It made me think.
I grew up very involved in theater. I loved singing and dancing. But I questioned myself. As an adult, I can now look back on those years with a different kind of clarity. When we moved from Colorado to Texas, I didn’t pursue theater in any way. It had been a part of my life since I was 8 years old. After 13 years, I just let it all go. I do think some of it had to do with the doubts I had about my body.
Addressing the Anxiety
Dove did research that showed it is important to address the anxiety that girls have about their looks. Beauty pressure is on the rise and girls’ confidence declines as they grow older. Check out these findings from Dove Research: The Real Truth About Beauty: Revisited.
• Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful!
• 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.
Dove’s Self Esteem Weekend
From October 5th through 7th, Dove is holding a national rally about beauty, confidence, and self-esteem. It’s a great weekend to sit down with a girl in your life. If you can’t do it that weekend, just pick another day! Any day is a good day! To help you start the conversation download the Let’s Talk Toolkit from Dove!
You can also Send a Note of Confidence to your friends on Facebook! Just another great way to show your support for girls everywhere!
Dove Self Esteem Twitter Party
You can join the Dove for a Twitter Party on October 4 at 3pm ET! Help kick off the Dove Self Esteem Weekend and you’ll have the chance to win great prizes from Dove! Join @Dove by using the hashtag #DoveInspired and you’ll be able to ask @JessWeiner questions and advice throughout the party!
Have you ever struggled with self-esteem or confidence issues?
Formula Mom Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Dove. All opinions and experiences are 100% my own.