Soap Opera

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Seems everyone has an opinion on the all level record breaking Dove ad video ‘You are more beautiful than you think'. I am curious what’s yours?

If you haven’t watched it yet, it’s a short video of a social experiment of how women see themselves. The video itself shows a forensic sketch artist asked to draw a series of women based only on their description. Since he doesn’t actually see the women, he asks them a series of questions about their features (chin shape, eye colour, skin type...). After he finishes the first sketch, he then draws another one of the same woman, only this time based on how someone else describes her. In the end all the women are faced with both sketches side by side and it's obvious how different they are. The women seem to look much more beautiful on the second sketch (the one described by a stranger).

Well, some said that the video made them feel uncomfortable or angry. (There is even a parody of it). Some felt that it hit the spot and women need to take a step back and stop being so critical of themselves. Others applauded Dove for being bold and showing how women really feel about themselves nowadays, and there were those who felt that the whole thing was staged and manipulated by the marketing giant that is Dove. And lastly there were those who just watched it for what it was without judgment or preconceived ideas and even shed a tear or two.

How did you feel watching the video? Did it make you cry, angry, sad, thoughtful, happy or it didn't do anything for you? xo

P.S: Our perfections!
P.P.S: Me time fix.

(Photos via Now and Than)


Anonymous said...

I'm in the last group of people you described, who watched it a few times, got a little emotional, reflected on it and feel that it's a wonderfully done video with a great message. I shocked how many people read into it too much and make it something that it is not.

Bryony said...

I watched it and I think it's well done, but again, in the end it's just a commercial to sell Dove products, and that means focusing on people's looks. I think the part people get up in arms about the most is at the end when one woman says, essentially, that her self-esteem influences everything including how she parents her kids. I think the problem with that is, for the purposes of the commercial, self-esteem is so tied up with how you think you ought to look that lots of people read it as saying, 'how pretty I feel influences how I raise my kids' which isn't accurate, but the confusion could have been avoided.

Dominika said...

And I just adore the first picture!

HelloSweetcheeks said...

These are lovely photos! I liked that video a lot from Dove. And I think as woman, we really are too hard on our selves.I'd like to do the experiment for myself, just to see.

Diana Mieczan said...

Anonymous, yes the opinions on the subject are very strong.

Diana Mieczan said...

Good point, Bryony.

Diana Mieczan said...

Dominika :)

Diana Mieczan said...

That is a very good idea, HelloSweetcheeks!

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