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Dove Self Esteem Weekend Empowers Women To Recognize Real Beauty

When I was around 7 years old, we moved to a new area. Because of the move, I had to go to a new school that fall. When I arrived at school for the first time, I felt out of place. Why, because out of 37 kids, I was the only one who looked like me in the class.

St Rose of Lima School 3rd grade - I'm in the middle of the seated row.

I had no confidence in myself and had low self-esteem. My parent’s however, through their words of encouragement and their showing of love, helped me to feel more positive about myself. I must say that my fellow classmates were also awesome and embraced me, the new kid, into the class with open arms.

I came out of my experience ok, but there are many girls that don’t. This is why I applaud Beauty products manufacturer Dove® for creating their self-esteem program which encourages and sponsors many programs to build self-esteem, educate girls and women about beauty, and help people develop new standards of appearance through their popular Dove Self Esteem Weekend. The annual event, now in its third year, tries to promote self-images in young girls that is more positive who often despair of ever meeting Hollywood’s narrow definitions of beauty. Hollywood and the media promote unrealistic images by using celebrities and models that spend their entire lives refining their personal appearances through dangerous dieting and plastic surgeries. This year’s event takes place from October 5 through October 7, 2012.believe in yourself - © Marek - Fotolia.com

Dove®, long known for manufacturing luxurious body products, has shifted emphasis to make standards of beauty more inclusive for women of all races, body types, ages, and skin complexions. The movement includes taking action to mentor young girls, sponsor events around the country to honor the real beauty of all people, and persuade women to make better choices based on feelings of self-worth and empowerment. The Dove Self Esteem Weekend includes interactive activities through social media networks, helping girls understand real beauty through a series of workshops and programs, and offering high-profile role models to change the beauty-standards dynamic throughout the world.

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Empowering girls and women helps them make strategic choices about careers, personal relationships, and education, concentrating more on their abilities than their looks. Unfortunately, only 4 percent of women consider themselves beautiful, and the Dove Self Esteem Weekend seeks to serve as a rallying point to change attitudes and foster better understanding about true beauty. During the weekend, Dove encourages everyone to spend an hour or more with young girls important in their lives and help build their self-esteem. Women everywhere deserve the chance to inspire each other and change how they define beauty to include all people, regardless of age, body style, coloration, or measurements. Helping the next generation celebrates the real beauty of girls and women, curbing superficial Hollywood and Madison Avenue influences on self-esteem and beauty standards.

If you can’t share over the weekend, any time is a good time to start the conversation.

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Not sure where to start? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Download the Let’s Talk Toolkit. The Let’s Talk Toolkit 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.
  • Share your commitment to girls’ self-esteem with your friends on Facebook! Visit Dove’s Facebook Page or use the Send a Note of Confidence Link to select your message and share with your friends.
  • Join Dove for a Twitter Party. Dove will be kicking off the Self-Esteem Weekend with an inspiring Twitter Party on October 4 at 3pm ET! Join @Dove by using the hashtag #DoveInspired, where you’ll be able to ask @JessWeiner questions and advice, plus you’ll have the chance to win prizes from Dove.

Have you ever had issues with self-esteem?  How did you overcome those issues.

Disclosure: This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dove. All opinions are 100% mine.

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About the author

Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "

10 Comments

  • I have always struggled with self esteem issues. Even at 35, I still do. I look back at pictures of myself in high school & think “How in the WORLD did I ever think I was fat? What was my problem?” I try to think about the good I have accomplished, the people I have in my family. I don’t want to pass my issues onto my kids, especially my daughter!

    • I think having positive people around you can be a huge help in beating some of those issues.

  • I was always the “fat girl” from third grade on. Eventually, it just became a part of life, and the kids grew up and stopped teasing me. In elementary, though, I just learned to give it back as good as they gave it. It helped me to let them know that their taunting didn’t mean anything to me. 🙂

  • I always wanted to be the new kid growing up…but we never moved.

    I think I have more issues of low self-esteem now as an adult. 🙁

  • I still struggle with self esteem, but I’m breaking the cycle and making sure my daughter has enough self esteem for the both of us! 🙂

  • I think we all have self esteem issues in some areas. I am glad companies like Dove focus on giving the younger generations tools to build up their self esteem!

  • I have always struggled with the self esteem issue. Looking back I think why didn’t you just love yourself for you? I wasn’t a big child or teen but always thought I was fat. I must have had fat glasses on…I think I still wear them..LOl Great post.