What is your definition of beauty? Don’t have an answer yet? That’s OK. We’re going to redefine it. You can start by watching Dove’s short film “Selfie.” Set to debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the beauty brand is exploring how social media is changing our perception of beauty.
I came across the film today and was moved at how our young girls and women of all ages struggle with their physical appearance. And how just taking something as simple as a selfie (AKA self-portrait) can bring out our insecurities.
We angle the camera certain ways, cut out certain body parts, and even use photo filters to hide what we deem flaws. All before even thinking about posting it to our social media networks. I will admit I’m guilty of this, and I’m pretty sure the majority of you reading this are too.
What is there to be afraid of? No one is perfect. Why are we so obsessed with trying to portray something that isn’t real. The truth of the matter is we are all different is so many beautiful ways.
And as one teen honestly points out in the film:
“In the workshop, I was surprised when I heard the girls talk about their insecurities. When they said they were insecure about things, those were things that made them different. But, the things that made them different made them unique. And that made them beautiful.”
You must watch this short film. Then, I encourage you take an unfiltered, untouched selfie, and share it proudly. And please feel free to share your personal comments below on what beauty means to you.