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Beauty, Confidence and Self-Esteem in Girls

Every day I look at my daughter and hope she never feels the way I did as a child or teenager.

I want her to be confident and beautiful on the inside.

I never want her to feel like she’s not good enough.

Every day I tell her she’s the most beautiful person in the world.

“The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.”
― Mark Twain

Growing up I was never praised on anything…I was made fun of and put down… I was never told I was beautiful. I had low self-esteem and my family didn’t care too much about it.  I beg you, as a parent, to care how your child feels and to chat with them about life and help give them the confidence and self-esteem they deserve.

Any time is a good time to start a conversation with a girl in your life about beauty, confidence and self-esteem. Not sure where to start? Download the The Let’s Talk Toolkit to get some great advice. Created with Jess Weiner, Dove Global Self-Esteem Ambassador, this is a great resource for all women on starting a conversation in a simple way. Ask, Share, Listen and Act — you’ll find unintimidating ways to do make these a natural part of your talk about Self-Esteem

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Dove® research shows that it is still important for us to address girls’ anxiety about looks, as there is a universal increase in beauty pressure and a decrease in girls’ confidence as they grow older. Key findings from our latest research include:

• Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful (up from 2% in 2004)
• Only 11% of girls globally are comfortable using the word beautiful to describe themselves
• 72% of girls feel tremendous pressure to be beautiful
• 80% of women agree that every woman has something about her that is beautiful but do not see their own beauty
• More than half (54%) of women globally agree that when it comes to how they look, they are their own worst beauty critic

SOURCE: Dove Research: The Real Truth About Beauty: Revisited

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Now that I have a daughter I will do everything in my power so that she never feels the same way I did.  I will be there for her no matter what happens and will always tell her she is the most beautiful person in the world.

Anxiety about beauty begins at an early age, and can even keep girls from doing what they love. You can change that with a conversation. Reach out to the girl in your life and talk to her about beauty, confidence and self-esteem. You can find the expert tips and real-world advice to get started on the The Self-Esteem Wall. You can share a sentence, small story, or upload your favorite photo of you and the young girl in your life from your desktop, Facebook or instagram.

Visit Dove on Facebook to learn more.

 

 

Thanks to Dove for sponsoring today’s discussion.

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