Let’s Talk: {Self Esteem & The Real Truth About Beauty}

Dove® research shows that it is still important for us to address girls’ anxiety about looks, as there is a universal increase in beauty pressure and a decrease in girls’ confidence as they grow older. Key findings from our latest research include:

• Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful (up from 2% in 2004)
• 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
• More than half (54%) of women globally agree that when it comes to how they look, they are their own worst beauty critic

SOURCE: Dove Research: The Real Truth About Beauty: Revisited

I can’t believe the numbers and how many young girls deal with self esteem issues on a daily basis. As a mom of a beautiful little girl it’s important for me to discuss the importance of loving yourself no matter what. Being African American with thick hair and a coarse texture she often questions if her hair is as beautiful as little girls with straighter silky hair. I’m sure many little girls deal with hair insecurities almost all the time. While society paints a picture that if you hair isn’t silky straight you aren’t considered as beautiful. At least that’s what she believes because I have shown her two different photographs one of a natural hair little girl as well as one with silky straight hair and asked her which little girl’s hair she liked best and of course she chose the one with the silky hair. When in reality they are both beautiful as beauty comes in many different colors, shapes and sizes. I’m am constantly trying to explain to her that even when her hair isn’t straightened out she is still very pretty no mater what. I want her to know that just because she has coarse hair that hair doesn’t define who you are as a person. She is becoming better with it and starting to accept her natural hair more and more every day, and I’m constantly instilling in her how beautiful she is both inside and out. As her mom my role is to always be there for her and stay positive and let her know just how beautiful and smart she is. Just remember you must love yourself first in order for someone else to do so.

You can share your commitment to girls’ self-esteem with your friends on Facebook! Visit Dove Facebook Page or use the Send a Note of Confidence to select your message and share with your friends. Also Download the Let’s Talk Toolkit. Feel free to Tweet and join in on the conversation with Dove on Twitter.

Created with Jess Weiner, Dove Global Self-Esteem Ambassador, this is a great resource for all women on starting a conversation in a simple way. Ask, Share, Listen and Act — you’ll find unintimidating ways to do make these a natural part of your talk about Self-Esteem.

Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Dove

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  1. I definitely agree with your comments, especially your concerns with your daughter and her comments about her hair. WOC (women of color) mothers have to step up their game when it comes to letting our daughters know just how special, smart and beautiful their daughters are.

    I just hope they catch on and reverse this wickedness of this “so called” mainstream beauty…

  2. It is alarming the low and staggering rates of girls with good self esteem. It’s sad and this post is a great way to start a movement to gain more role models and encouragers in the world to help. I will definitely follow, tweet, and download the toolkit. Thanks for doing this

  3. I commend you on the way you teach your daughter. If we teach them how beautiful they are from the inside/out at an early age, they will learn to love themselves as they are. My daughters are 16 & 18 and I still encourage them daily to help keep that self-esteem strong! I love what Dove is doing to help build stronger girls!

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