Dove is renowned for their numerous campaigns that aim to improve womens’ body image and self-esteem. In their newest ad, psychologist and body image specialist Ann Kearney-Cooke gives volunteers a “Beauty Patch” that supposedly contains ingredients that will enhance the women’s body positivity and the way they view themselves.
The participants then kept video dairies in which they all discussed feelings of confidence and feeling beautiful. But, plot twist: the patch has literally nothing in the patch. I know, shocking. The ability to feel beautiful was simply locked away inside them, probably being guarded by ‘shame’ and ‘unattainable beauty standards’.
It is a bit worrying that women feel their body image can only be boosted using chemicals or in this case a placebo, but that’s the reality. If you are feeling bad about your appearance, if you believe you don’t reach the beauty standards that are shoved in our faces every hour of every day, know that you are the most beautiful version of who you are. Sure you’ll have flaws because we all do, but embrace them and know that your beauty outweighs those flaws.
Instagram allows you to see exactly what inspires people and how creativity is drawn from their everyday life. We use Instagram to capture what makes us smile, what brings joy to our life, and what we are passionate about, and the accounts listed below are sure to inspire you in turn.
Here are our 20 top creative Instagram accounts that you should be following today.
Brandon Stanton walks the streets of New York City taking street photography, and he gets his subjects to open up about life details that even many family members may not know about them. It makes you smile and connect with the images at a new level.
Carin Olsson moved to Paris and is documenting every part of her experience, from the macaroons to the Eiffel Tower with all of its shimmering lights. If you want to go to Paris but can’t get there today, Carin will take you.