The short film 'Dove: Patches' highlights how the right state of mind can unlock a powerful feeling of beauty that lives inside all women.
This follows what is claimed to be a first-of-its-kind social experiment conducted by Dove to prove that inside every woman is the power to feel beautiful, confident and radiant in response to research revealing that 80% of women feel anxious about the way they look.
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best-selling author, Dr Ann Kearney-Cooke (PhD Counselling Psychology), who has spent 30 years conducting scientific research around women's body image and self-esteem, guided the experiment.
During the experiment she invited the participants to wear a custom-made 'beauty patch' for two weeks, which would help them feel more beautiful. The women were then invited to keep a personal account of their life-changing experience throughout the two-week period. All the women agreed that wearing the 'beauty patch' helped to improve their self-esteem and to change their personal lives in ways that they had not imagined. At the end of the experiment, however, it is revealed that the 'beauty patch' contained nothing and that the power of believing in their own beauty influenced their feeling of beautiful.
"When a woman feels beautiful, she radiates happiness and confidence, which inspires her life in a significant way," said Dr Kearney-Cooke. "These women, like so many others, struggle to recognise their own beauty and it severely affects their daily lives. This ground-breaking experiment was designed to illustrate that beauty is a state of mind and that the power to feel beautiful comes from within."
Beauty is a state of mind
Throughout the film, it becomes clear how low self-esteem affects many elements of the women's lives. As the women become more confident about the way they look, personal relationships flourish and they develop a more optimistic outlook on their daily routine. One of the women who participated shared that she felt ashamed of her arms and had always avoided shopping. A few days into the experiment, she started to feel more beautiful and invited her daughter to go shopping for the first time. The two of them spent an unforgettable day together and they tried on dresses that she had never dreamed of wearing.
The company hopes that all of the women's inspirational stories featured in the film will serve as powerful examples and encourage all women to develop a stronger relationship with their own beauty.
"We hear from thousands of women every day about how their complicated relationship with beauty affects their overall confidence and happiness," said Sphe Mjadu, public relations manager - Personal Care, Unilever South Africa. "By illustrating through the film that a positive state of mind and openness can help them feel more beautiful, we hope to inspire all women and help change the way they see themselves."
The company believes it is important for women to see the beauty in themselves so that they can inspire the next generation. The brand has set a goal of reaching 15 million young lives with self-esteem programming by the end of 2015 and has reached over 12 million to date.