I came across an old photo the other day at my dad’s house. I’m about 18 or 19-years-old and probably weigh a good 120 pounds. I specifically remember this photo, where it was taken, and how I felt about my body at the time. Of course, I thought I was fat. When I looked at myself in the mirror, my eyes went immediately to my acne scars, round tummy, and ugly legs. I hated so many things about myself. I wish I could go back and tell my young self how beautiful I was. My perception of beauty was definitely screwed up.
A few days ago, Dove released a new video titled “Patches.” It really hit home and made me think about how we, as women, view ourselves on a day-to-day basis. This includes myself. I’m a lot more confident today. But, I’m only human and still struggle with the idea and perception of beauty.
In the video, women were given a “revolutionary product” to wear. Dr. Ann Kearney-Cook, a psychologist and body image expert explains: “RBX is beauty patch developed to enhance the way women perceive their own beauty.” The women were instructed to wear the patch and keep a daily video diary. Once again, Dove is begging us take a good look at ourselves and showing us that only we can unlock the beauty from inside.
I encourage you to watch Dove’s beauty patch experiment video below. Then, answer the question—if there was a patch like this on the market, would you buy it? Be honest!