Dove Doesn’t Redefine Beauty, It Reinforces It

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Editor's note: At Adios Barbie, our goal is to bring you the best voices and resources on the web that empower you to be at home in your body, mind and soul,  free from external bias and internal constraint. We are thrilled to introduce you to the work of Beauty Redefined, who like us, are committed to a world where women and girls … [Read more...]

Media Literacy and Body Confidence: Is One Lesson Enough?

From Dove's "Evolution" video

By Valerie Martin This past year, as part of my graduate social work internship I conducted student counseling in a local high school, both one-on-one and in groups. For my final project, I created a presentation on Media Literacy that I gave to 10 classes. It provided an excellent opportunity to see the students’ reactions and … [Read more...]

Dove Video Shown to Impact Girls’ Self-Esteem

The Dove "Evolution" Video Clip

'No wonder our perception of beauty is distorted' - that's the concluding catchphrase of a one-minute video called 'evolution' made by Dove a few years ago to show how cosmetics and computer trickery are used to create the unrealistic portrayals of female models on advertising billboards. Now a team of researchers at the University … [Read more...]

Dove: Redefining Male Beauty

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By Sharon Haywood Is male beauty found in ripped abs and bulging biceps? Is a man deemed attractive by the car he drives? Or by how much money he earns? If you look at commercials geared toward men as an indicator, you would have to deduce that square jawlines, snazzy sport cars, and a thick wallet equate with masculine … [Read more...]

Dove and Diversity: Not Just for Women

In 2005, a group of ad executives stripped down to support Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty. The photo does not promote Dove's new men's line. The Toronto Star

By Sharon Haywood Ads for cars, beer, and action movies typically dominate the costly airtime during Super Bowl.  But during The Big Game of 2006, it wasn't another Bud Light commercial that captivated viewers. Instead, the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty reached an estimated 90.7 million football fans via a 45-second spot that … [Read more...]

German Magazine Swaps Thin Models for Real Women

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By Melissa Eddy (Associated Press) BERLIN - Germany's most popular women's magazine announced Monday that it is banning professional models from its pages in favor of "real women" in an attempt to combat an unhealthy standard of rail-thin beauty that it says has isolated its readers. The editor-in-chief of Germany's bimonthly … [Read more...]