Tuesday, April 16, 2013

You Are More Beautiful Than You Think

Have you seen this? It showed up at least 7 times in my facebook feed yesterday. Check it out

Dove's Real Beauty Sketches

Seriously, check it out. Sorry I don't know how to embed videos. Someday I'll learn.

A retired FBI sketch artist drew women, without seeing them himself, as they described themselves. After being drawn, the women were told to get to know a person assigned to them - a stranger. Then the stranger went in and described the women they talked to.

Without fail, the women described themselves much more harshly than the strangers saw them. In most cases, the differences were huge.

We are taught to be so critical of our appearances. By companies who benefit from our insecurities. Who see us as nothing but a statistic, a faceless person who can provide them with money.

Do they realize what they do to us? I like to think that they don't. But I don't know.

You, dear reader, are more beautiful than you think. Those flaws you think are so apparent that surely everyone sees? They don't. If they do see them, they don't focus on them or care nearly as much about your imperfections as you think.

How much better would we view ourselves if we could see ourselves the way strangers do?

I have a pretty positive view of myself, but I often wonder how much better it would be if I could see myself as others do.

Cut yourself some slack. Everyone else does.

You ARE more beautiful than you think.

Another great resource for defying the beauty standards of the day? Beauty Redefined. Check it!


  1. That was a really cool video. Its funny how critical we are of ourselves when the things we hate so much are only seen by us. Thanks for sharing!

  2. OH gosh yes, SO true! I totally agree with this. This is really beautiful. It feels so good to just LOVE yourself. Also, I found this quote just after I watched that movie that made me want to cherish myself more:

    "You must learn her.
    You must know the reason why she is silent. You must trace her weakest spots. You must write to her. You must remind her that you are there. You must know how long it takes for her to give up. You must be there to hold her when she is about to.
    You must love her because many have tried and failed. And she wants to know that she is worthy to be loved, that she is worthy to be kept.
    And, this is how you keep her."

    I love you!

  3. Wow, that video was amazing! What a great reminder not to judge ourselves too harshly. Thanks for passing on the link!