A recent study done by Dove Skincare has revealed some fascinating insights into how women perceive themselves and their own beauty. Here’s the good news: 78 percent of ladies surveyed want to see “real women” in beauty ads instead of celebrities and adolescent girls. Win! But here’s the bad news: the study also found that only one in eight British women polled do consider themselves attractive.
What’s most interesting to me about the study’s results, though, is that only five percent of women felt pressure from friends or family to be more beautiful. That means that overwhelmingly, the impulses we have to make ourselves even more gorgeous or dazzling come from within. (I would say that arguably, for young women, one of the hardest battles they face on a day-to-day basis is believing and valuing their own beauty, both inside and out.) I can definitely speak to the fact that I’m my own harshest critic, and the results of this study make me realize that I need to take it easy on myself.
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