Dove inspires women to leave a Positive Beauty Legacy

Is the way you feel about your looks something constructed over time or something you are born with?  Dove believes beauty is a construct, and Dove research indicates the way women feel about their own beauty is having a profound effect on the self-esteem of girls around them.

Global research from Dove shows nearly three quarters of girls (71%) feel pressure to be beautiful,1 but are less likely to let anxiety about looks hold them back if they feel they have a positive role model.  With a troubling 8 out of 10 women saying they dislike at least one aspect of their physical appearance, Dove is asking all women to make a difference to the lives of the next generation by ensuring their own beauty legacy is a positive one.  A film from the global brand, Dove: Legacy, illustrates how important it is for women to see the beauty in themselves, so that they can pass those positive feelings on to the girls in their lives.

The research shows girls can name an average of three women in their lives they look up to, with mums identified as the number one role model for more than half of them.   The Dove: Legacy film focuses on this influence of mums and shows the direct effect their feelings about beauty, both positive and negative, have on their daughters.

“Whether she is a mother, aunt, coach, teacher, or sister, every woman has the opportunity to make a difference to a girl’s self-esteem,” said Kate Swan, marketing manager at Dove South Africa.  “By ensuring their own beauty legacy is positive, all women can help the next generation of girls grow up to be happy and content, free from the pressure of beauty stereotypes and the burden of self-doubt.”

Visit the Dove South Africa website, the Dove Facebook page here or follow @Dove_ZA on Twitter for more information.