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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Real Beauty?


I am the parent of two beautiful and amazing girls... As they enter their teenage years - their appearance has become more important to them.... My thirteen year old constantly asks me the following questions: How does my hair look? How about this style? Do these pants make me look fat? thin? Is this shirt in style? Do I look like a dork? Do I look pretty? Do I look hot? Do these shoes match with what I'm wearing? Does this necklace match my pants? And the questions continue..... I remember as teen asking many of the same questions.... But the standards for beauty was much different in my day... at least my memory of it....

This video below - I first saw on my friend Tom's Face book and I stole it.... Thank you, Tom.... Watching it - got me to really think about the expectations of today's society for beauty.. You can't be too thin?? really... You can't be too beautiful??? by who's definition? This video goes to show that "real" beauty really isn't that real after all.....


We need to let our daughters and sons know that beauty starts from the inside and works its way outward.... The sign of true beauty is in the heart....

10 comments:

  1. My husband posted this on Facebook the other day too. It's excellent!

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  2. I love this Dove campaign. There have been a few magazines lately that have had average sized women in them, they weren't super skinny but they were what real women look like. I wish I could remember the name of the magazine. I think society needs to rethink what beauty is

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  3. Wow, that is amazing! I am so glad you posted this video! The latest Dove campaigns have been great, I think.

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing that. Even as a mom of three, I still sometimes try and "look like the children haven't gotten the best of me" but in the end, it's my self-esteem that counts.

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  5. Thank you for visiting my blog and for leaving such a thoughtful comment!

    I will check back for an update on your sister but I wanted to share a positive story with you.

    July 2004 my niece had a brain tumor removed from her little 9 year old head. In late July she went to her first day of 4th grade as if nothing had happened. Today she's as sassy as ever, and still has NEVER missed a day of school, brain tumor and all! I pray your sister has the same success!

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  6. I saw that video a while back, and it affected me profoundly. My fifteen-year-old daughter thinks she's fat. She's not, but she thinks she is. It's terrible that the media has this effect on our society.

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  7. I agree, we do need to teach them to be beautiful on the inside first and it will shine through to the outside. It is an awesome commercial. Thanks for stopping by my blog today and commenting. I love meeting new blogger friends.

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  8. That happens more than people realize. You do wonder after a while with all the work they do to modify these photos, will we get to the point where we don't even need human beings to pose for it all anymore?

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  9. It's so hard to fight against that image of beauty so ingrained in our minds. I don't even know how girls get it but they definitely do.

    That video was pretty startling actually. Things like that may get through to our girls.

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  10. So true, beauty really emanates from within, but it takes some folks a long time to adjust their focus. Wonderful post, thank you!

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