Patches for beauty? What will they come up with next?

I’m not sure whether you’ve seen the somewhat controversial viral video of the  Doves: Patches advertisement**.  Women were given a patch to wear that they are told by a Dove representative would enhance their beauty if they wore it. They were asked to come back and report on how they felt. Watch what happens:

As you can see this is all about how the women perceived themselves – they didn’t think they were beautiful until they wore the patch. The sad reality is that these women could be anyone of us. Questions we all need to ask ourselves are –

Do I constantly compare myself to other people?

Do I fall for standards of beauty that the media sets for me and other women around the world?

Do  I believe I am beautiful?


you are beautiful
I wrote this a few months ago and felt it fitted perfectly today:

I look into the mirror and say to myself
“Don’t hide your beauty anymore.
Don’t stop your laughter.
Don’t shield those eyes.
Don’t stoop those shoulders.
Don’t compare, accept.
Don’t judge, love”

I look in the mirror and see beautiful me.
I stand erect and feel good about myself.
I look deep into my eyes and appreciate my beauty.
I smile at my reflection and enjoy being me.
I breathe deeply, slowly, reveling in my body.
I claim my beauty.

I tell myself:
“I am beautiful.
I am courageous.
I am perfect just the way I am.
No makeup required.



This post is written for the letter ‘P’ for the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014.

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**Please note that the ad is consider somewhat controversial and has been criticised – read this for more.