I'll be one of 6.5 zillion women to admit it: I'm not 100% comfortable with my body. My butt's a little too J. Lo for my liking, my boobs could be bigger, my 6-pack isn't as tight as it was in high school, and my pores are big enough for a small alien to crawl out of at any point in time. (And for the record, I currently stand at 5'9 and weight 160 lbs., much of it muscle. And I'm not lying.)
So you can imagine the agony I put myself through reading the monthly issue of Cosmopolitan. Page after page of skinny, beautiful women enjoying sex, modeling the newest styles (90% of which I'd never wear even if I was 55 lbs.), and having well-choreographed sex pictures with Abercrombie models. Page after page, ad after ad. My self-esteem getting chipped away bit by bit with every agonizing page turn.
Then suddenly, I see an ad insert. Wait ... what's that? Do I see a LOVE HANDLE? Whaaa?
That's right. An ad insert from Dove featuring what the company is advertising as "real beauty," the campaign for NORMAL LOOKING WOMEN! Oh my God, I thought. I see cellulite. I see pudge. I see pores. PORES! The pictures were not retouched. The women were not perfect size 0's. Suddenly I felt an overwhelming sense of relief: I am normal! The magazine proves it! (I also know new sex moves thanks to the magazine, but that's not the point here. I just wanted to let you know I learned something else besides the issue at hand.)
According to Dove's site, "it's time to think, talk, and learn how to make beauty real again." And so, Dove has set up a new site campaigning for more realistic ideas of beauty and encouraging confidence in one's own idea of beauty at CampaignForRealBeauty.com. The site serves as the petition of millions of women for a more realistic and ultimately, more responsible, view of beauty by the American media.