Thursday, September 15, 2005

The One with Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty

I admire Dove for starting the Campaign for Real Beauty. For years, women have been pressured to look a certain way in order to be considered beautiful. One has to be tall, slim and in the Philippines, fair. Thus, bottled false hopes such as whitening creams, slimming gels and what not fly off beauty store shelves.

Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty allows for renewing of the mind in relation to our concept of beauty. Bobbie Brown, the famous make-up guru, expressed it perfectly when she said in the Oprah Winfrey show that women must “Stop looking at what's out there. If you are constantly comparing yourself to people around you—trust me—there are people that are better looking than you, taller, skinnier, richer, nicer, more talented. Stop! It's not important. It's really about yourself."

I personally believe that beauty is not what we see on the outside. Our physical body is ephemeral. If Jesus is inside one’s heart, love and joy simply emanates outward making one breathtakingly beautiful.

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