When I first saw this video, I loved it. But, a tumblr blogger, "Little Drops" almost changed my mind.
I felt torn when I first read her blog. Partly because I was reading on the run and skimmed more than read through her dissection. I agree with some of her points wholeheartedly, but overall I have to disagree.
First of all, the fact that "beauty" and anything discussing it has to be discussed and debated at this level of thought is the most concerning thing to me.
She [blogger] definitely picked the whole thing apart. I agree on the lack of diversity 100+%. Shame on Dove for not including a broader image of the beauty that is found across all cultures. "White people" with "blue eyes" is not all there is out there... hopefully everyone on the planet knew that before seeing this video and well before reading this Tumblr post.
But... ehhh... "Little Drops" definitely lost me a few times throughout her [ah-hmmm] rant. Well, she officially lost me in the 3rd to last paragraph where she quotes (in order to dissect) a participant in the video:
"I should be more grateful of my natural beauty."
--> right there, in the midst of a beautiful statement, the blogger continued to tear and dissect the video and that statement apart.
The blogger used this beautiful line as if to say being physically beautiful meant being able to make friends and make better decisions, etc etc. But, if you refrain from adding negative energy to that statement and act like the rest of society by associating the word "beautiful" with physicality, I hear a totally insightful, positive, BEAUTIFUL realization:
Natural beauty --> natural confidence
Natural beauty --> naturally occurring
Naturally occurring beauty --> not something society, an artist, Dove, a video or any other being/thing can provide.
Natural beauty. Natural love and respect and adoration for oneself... an absolute predecessor to full and complete confidence, acceptance, unconditional positive regard for oneself, peace, happiness...
Confidence in oneself for all of our natural beauty in the form of inner, outward, upward, downward, wholesome, amazing acceptance of our beauty which is more than physical is greatness! It is necessary to live in the world we live in, and it is a NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL thing. It is something that IS MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOU THINK!
So, its a video. PR, guys. Public relations. Ultimately, Dove didn't make the video for it to be ignored. They needed something to catch eyes. The point, although physical parts of the body are described as needed for a stranger to draw a portrait, is that we are our own worst critics. No matter your color, your size, your age group, your SES status, your ethnicity, your eye color, your chin shape, whatever!... we are all our own worst critics. The POINT is that YOU ARE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOU THINK.
Yes, people. From every and any part of the world, please realize, YOU ARE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOU THINK. Stop criticizing yourself. Stop teaching the future of our world to do the same. Kids don't learn to grow up criticizing without it being taught to them. We are the future. You are the future. And you are more beautiful than you think. Teach someone younger than you the same so that one day, we might make harsh criticism and bullying extinct.