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Beautiful. There’s a word. What would I describe as beautiful? The sunshine, an epic view, my children . . . ? Absolutely. Without doubt. Myself? No. Never.
Why wouldn’t I describe myself as beautiful? Really? Where does my perception of beauty come from? Dave often tells me I’m beautiful. He tells me how pretty I am, how much he loves me. He tells me I’m beautiful and do I listen? I laugh, I smile, sometimes I say thank you and sometimes I disagree with him. I try as much as possible to accept his compliment however inside I’m questioning it. Why does he think I’m beautiful? Does he even know what the word means? Of course he knows what the word means and who am I to question why my husband thinks I’m beautiful? Surely I should just accept that and hold on to it.
I don’t want my girls to think they’re anything less than beautiful – because they’re not! Just look at them:
I’ve written before about wanting to set the right example for my girls – to inspire body confidence in them, to encourage them to feel comfortable in their own skin and to know that they are beautiful. But really how do I do that if I don’t know it of myself?
I’m not saying there aren’t times when I feel pretty – I do. On those days when I’ve had time to properly do my hair and make up then yes, sometimes I look in the mirror and think “You’ve done alright lass, you look pretty presentable” but beautiful? It seems like such a big word, a big unattainable word. That said it’s exactly the word Chloe used last Friday when I came downstairs ready to go out for the afternoon and she gasped and said “Oh Mummy, you look beautiful!”
Dove have long been known for encouraging woman to not just accept themselves but to actually feel great about who they are. With previous campaigns focusing on using actual real life women with real life bodies rather than “perfect” models with unattainable figures. This time they’re asking you to #ChooseBeautiful. Clearly I’m not alone in my reluctance to describe myself as beautiful, a staggering 96% of woman do not choose the word beautiful. And that’s the point. We’re talking about a choice here. We can and should choose to describe ourselves as beautiful because we are. Each and everyone of us beautiful in our own way.
To challenge this reluctance #ChooseBeautiful Dove have released a really thought provoking film which demonstrates just how hard women found it to describe themselves as beautiful – it’s a powerful watch:
I know without doubt that I would not have walked through that “Beautiful” door. I know I would have always described myself as distinctly average. Not ugly by any stretch but not beautiful either. Watching the film has really made me question that. Nobody has put that average label on me but myself, why shouldn’t I change it to beautiful? Paul Dektor, Film Director of Dove Choose Beautiful commented that “. . . it was so clear that the women who chose to feel beautiful shined with a positive, empowered outlook.” Who cares what anyone else thinks. Beautiful is a choice. It’s about time I made it.