Announcing the Dove Real Beauty Pledge–our recommitment to Real Beauty and real women

Bangalore, March 9th2017– Since 1957, Dovehas cared for women and celebrated their beauty.Now, 60 years later, we are taking another step forward in our mission to help women realise their personal beauty potential and to create a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety.

Today, we are recommitting to Real Beauty with the Dove Real Beauty Pledge – three vows we promise to uphold for women everywhere:

Dove and Mario Testino

To mark the launch of the Dove Real Beauty Pledge,we are looking at real beauty through a new lens; that of renowned photographer and creative director Mario Testino. Famous for taking beautiful and candid shots of women and bringing out the humanity in his subjects, Mr. Testino and his London based creative agency, MARIOTESTINO+, has photographed 30 portraits showcasingthe beauty of women from around the world. All the images have been inspired by, and shot, according to the Dove Real Beauty Pledge, and feature 32 real women and girls, aged 11 – 71, from over 15countries.  The portraits make up part of the Dove Real Beauty Showcase, celebrating 60 years of Dove,which will be on display in New York City and online for all to see.

MrTestino commented on the campaign: “The way Dove empowers women to celebrate their own unique beauty has long resonated with me. I have always taken the same approach with my pictures. A photographer has a choice – they can take a picture and make it about themselves by using avant-garde techniques, sometimes capturing the weakness in women, or they can choose to give their picture over to the woman in front of the lens by making her look herself and feel her most powerful.”

In 2004, Dove launched the Campaign for Real Beauty – a first-ever campaign featuring and celebrating real women. However, the world has changed rapidly and the very definition of beauty has taken on multiple meanings. Today, we see mothers proudly displaying stretch marks on Instagram, women rejecting the allure of the ‘perfect’ size, and young girls celebratingdiversity of skin colour and hair. It’s clear there has never been a more important time for us to re-examine what beauty means and to champion a new broader definition, inspired by the voices of today’s women. 

In fact, Dove global research found that although 71% women and 86 % girls in India are proud to be female and embrace it, 67% of women and 64% of girls wish the media did a better job of portraying women of diverse physical appearance in terms of race, age, shape and size.

“In2017, the beauty landscape is wildly different to what it was in 2004 when we launched the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty; however, our commitment to redefining beauty hasn’t changed,” says Dove Global Vice President, Sophie Galvani. “The women and girls photographed according to the Dove Real Beauty Pledgecelebrate true global diversity; each has her own unique beauty story and is a true inspiration for women everywhere. We’ve long admired the work that Mario Testino does and his ability to capture the real beauty in women. We are thrilled to work with him as his status and influence in pop culture makes him a valuable champion in helping to make real and diverse beauty more mainstream.”

The women featured in the Dove Real Beauty Showcaseare all real women who will be introduced to the world by name. Each of them had a say in how they looked in their photographs, and some of the young womenfeatured have alsobenefitted from self-esteem education delivered through the Dove Self-Esteem Project, a programmecreated to help girlsdevelop a positive relationship with the way they look and to reach their full potential in life.

The women includeSamiksha&Rupashi, Girl Guides from India whodeveloped a positive relationship with their body after they went through the Free Being Me programme offered by the World Association of Girl Guides and Scouts (WAGGGS); Vicki, a retired medal-winning Paralympianfrom the UK who had to change her definition of beauty after losing her leg to cancer; Paola, a football lover who started her own club for girls in her hometown of Mexico City after she noticed many young girls drop out of sports as they entered their teenage years; Jasmine, a young professional who has decided to pursue career goals instead of traditional beauty ideals in her birthplace of China; and Cammy, a young woman who participated in the Dove Self-Esteem Project over 10 years ago, and now passes it on to the next generation of young girlsthrough her public speaking and coaching.

The full Dove Real Beauty Pledge and the Dove Real Beauty Showcase will alsobe available online at from2 March 2017.

The Dove Real BeautyPledge

We always feature real women, never models

Models reflect a narrow view of beauty. Dove believes thatbeauty is for everyone and therefore features real women of different ages,sizes, ethnicities, hair colour, type or style.

•  Zeromodels in our campaigns

• Realwomen introduced by their names

• Ourcampaigns reflect the population’s diversity

We portray women as they are in real life

We never present the unachievable, manipulated, flawlessimages of “perfect” beauty which the use of retouching tools can promote.

• Zerodigital distortion of women

• Imageapproved by the women we feature

We help girls build body confidence and self-esteem

Globally 8 out of 10 girls opt out of key life activitieswhen they don’t feel good about the way they look. Dove has a mission to ensurethe next generation grows up enjoying a positive relationship with the way theylook – helping young people raise their self-esteem and realise their fullpotential. For over 10 years the Dove Self-Esteem Project has educated over 20million young people in body confidence and self-esteem and has become thebiggest provider of self-esteem education of its kind. We work with worldrenowned body image experts and leading universities to develop evidence basedand academically validated educational tools.

• Educate20 million more young people around the world on body confidence andself-esteem by 2020

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