“Pretty is as pretty does.” “It’s what’s on the inside that counts.” I’ve heard these sayings all my life, but as a self-absorbed teenager, I didn’t believe them. I was constantly obsessed about my looks. I was dissatisfied with my hair, which fell into long, curvy waves. Straight was in, and I was out. Don’t even get me started on thinking I was not slim enough. There were plenty of days I only ate one small meal to make sure I didn’t gain any weight. And clothing? Were my labels correct so the other kids wouldn’t make fun of me? My skewered look on beauty continued into my twenties. When I saw a gray hair at age 21, I yanked it out and never looked back, although poor Bryan was subjected to a litany of questions. “Do you see more gray? Are you sure? Look carefully.”
I spent my twenties realizing helping others was, for me, a sign of true beauty, but it wasn’t until I hit 30 and my mom was diagnosed with cancer that I completed my transformation to see real beauty does come from inside. I still wanted to look nice, but my total perspective on beauty changed. True beauty is found in how you face each day and how you treat others. It’s watching the smile light up someone’s face who is having a bad day when you do a random act of kindness, or sticking up for a cause you believe in. It’s making a decision that is important to you even if other’s don’t agree or saying “No” to something you disagree with, even if it makes you unpopular. I wish I had learned this lesson in high school and not been like a lemming pushed along with the crowd.
This year is the 10th anniversary of the Dove® Campaign for Real Beauty, and I’m thrilled to join the brand and Walgreens to start conversations on self esteem and redefine what it means to be beautiful. Over the years I have noticed that Dove® listens to women and shows pictures of real women in their campaigns. Want to share your thoughts on real beauty? Join us for a twitter chat on March 12th using the hashtag #DoveBeautyChat. You can also be rewarded by purchasing two Dove® products at Walgreens and earning 2,000 Balance Rewards points.
Have you tried Dove® Deep Moisture Body Wash with NutriumMoisture® , the White Beauty Bar cotaining pure moisturizing cream, the Cool Moisture Shampoo with patented MICROMOISTURE Serum or the Invisible Solids in Powder scent deodorant?
What do you think defines real beauty?