When we watch Disney movies or cartoon fairy tales, it's often easy for us to distinguish reality from fantasy. Sure some false ideals of beauty might be sneaking into our subconscious as we watch these shows, but we realize no one's eyes can really be that big and no one's waist that small if they want to be able to breathe.
But what about the rest of it? What about the ads, the Instagram selfies, the movies and magazines that show people that look so close to reality it's hard to distinguish the fiction? What about all of the blemishes, the bad-hair days, the wrinkles and freckles that we see every time we look in the mirror that make us compare our worst to everyone else's best?
Dove has set out on a campaign to redefine beauty by releasing a series of videos that teach women about where true beauty and their sense of worth stem from.
As latter-day women, we are some of the harshest critics out there of ourselves. We strive for perfection in every way, setting up these fictional ideals and then getting discouraged when we fall short.
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But, here are five short videos that will help you understand just how beautiful you are. Beauty is more than appearance. True beauty is a mindset, the way we treat others, and and how we act.
So the next time you look in the mirror, I hope you will focus less on what you don't like and more on how you will share your beauty with others. And I hope you remember these five truths:
You're more beautiful than you think.
“Makeup can only make you look pretty on the outside but it doesn’t help if you're ugly on the inside. Unless you eat the makeup.”
Here's a secret: if everyone is worried about what others think of them, no one will have time to think about each other. Besides, no one has enough time on their hands to criticize you as much as you probably criticize yourself.
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But what would happen if we started seeing ourselves more as our Heavenly Father sees us? How might that change our self-worth and ability to help others?