This Video Will Change The Way You Look At Selfies [VIDEO]
Not many people here in the Treasure Valley know this, but back in college I was a sorority girl. I belonged to the Kappa Delta chapter at my college because I loved the philanthropies they were involved with. One of course hits very close to home at 103.5 KISS FM ever April, Prevent Child Abuse America, but in 2006 we got the chance to become part of Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty that helps raise awareness of self-esteem issues in girls and women. They're latest campaign video will change the way you look at selfies forever.
According to Dove, 63% of women believe social media is influencing today's definition of beauty more than print media, film and music. I couldn't agree more. I struggled with my body image and weight growing up because of my classmates picking on me. It got to a point where I looked pretty skeletal by the end of my freshman year. It was something I was able to eventually work through, but with the influx of all these "get skinny in four weeks with this trick" posts on Facebook and all the "girls who lift," body building Instagram accounts, I feel those insecurities creeping back into my life. That's coming from a fairly strong, independent, 25-year old woman. If I'm dealing with that now, imagine how rough it can be on teens in today's world.
Enter Dove and they're way to teach teens to redefine "beauty" selfie style. In the video they asked a group of high school girls to take selfies highlighting things they were insecure about and have their mothers do so too (because, like I just mentioned as we age our body insecurities never truly go away.) The so called "honest selfies" (no filters or editing) were put up in a gallery at their school where visitors walked around with post-it notes posting compliments on the photos about everything from their smiles, to hair and skin...all things these girls though were their flaws and didn't make them beautiful. It's a really cool look at social media and body image. Take the 8 minutes to check it out!