I’ve been thinking a lot these days about the words “BODY ISSUES”, which come together to represent the concept of the things we don’t like about our physical selves. We hear them more frequently than not:
I’m too fat.
I’m too skinny.
My nose is too wide.
I don’t like my hips.
I have back fat.
I hate my freckles.
My hair is too [nappy/thin/thick/short]
The list goes on.
From a young age, most women are taught to critique themselves, to assemble this list of “body issues” as opposed to celebrating themselves with a list of “body awesomes”.
Case in point: Dove’s new campaign that employs a forensic artist to draw two portraits of the same woman, one as she describes herself and the other as described by a complete stranger. The results are powerful. Each and every time, the self-described drawings depict a harsher image, while the one’s influenced by the description of a stranger are not only more “beautiful”, but also closer to reality.
Check it out:
What does this say about us?
Dove says that “We are more beautiful than we think” and that “women are their own worst beauty critics”. (I’d like to extend that to people in general as I think a lot of men experience this as well!)
Wouldn’t it be nice to change that up? To change the conversation from “Body Issues” to “Body Awesomes”, from a critique to a celebration?
Let’s Give It A Try.
I’ve never been a fan of my big thighs and derriere–it’s hard to find jeans that fit, especially in this land of “skinny-fits”. But now, I’ve realized that they are awesome for powering me up big hills on my bike and helping me run super fast.