Beauty–Exposing the Illusion

Young girls in our society today face a never-ending barrage of images from the fashion and entertainment industry which can wreak havoc on their hearts and minds.  For many, this onslaught of artificial beauty creates feelings of inadequacy, insecurity and, in some cases, even despair.  Many girls never suspect that the images of perfection they work so hard to emulate are, in fact, plain and flawed….just like them.


The Dove Corporation has created a campaign, The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, which encourages mothers and mentors to help young women to develop a healthy view of self by teaching them what REAL beauty is.  While I acknowledge that Dove completely eliminates a spiritual element which is VITAL to the development of a young woman’s view of herself, I applaud Dove for attempting to expose the illusion of beauty which holds so many girls captive.


The short film "Onslaught", the second in the Dove campaign, speaks for itself.

(Warning:  The film includes images which may not be appropriate for all viewers)


While I believe the Dove campaign can be a huge help in getting a very important conversation started, I strongly urge Christian moms not to stop there!  The spiritual element sadly missing from the Dove campaign is not missing from God’s Word.

Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.

(I Peter 3:3-4, NLT)

Charm is deceptive and beauty does not last, but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. (Proverbs 31:30, NLT)


4 responses

  1. Such an important message!!

    Kate Beckinsale did a couple of interviews mentioning the fact that she didn't recognize herself when the finished product came out. She said she *wished* she looked like the photos. Sounded like it even gave her a bit of insecurity about her real self.
    That led to some great discussions with my girls.

    Wait! That means we were schoolin' in the waiting room…. =P

  2. As a mother of 3 girls, I'm glad Dove is taking some really good steps. We still need to remember that it's our job as christian mothers to teach our daughters to be Titus women. Your biblical quotes were right on target.

    We don't need the media to teach our girls christian values, we just need to be their mentors. If we start to teach our girls from a young age what God wants them to be, then "when they are old they shall not depart". Isn't the bible great! It's the best source of inspiration.

    The beauty industry is just another attempt to get women to be "of the world", and we as christians at least are wise enough to know that that's what that is.

  3. Hamlet told Ophelia, "God hath given you one face and you make yourselves another." He was correct. I'll take a freckle-faced, make-up free, naturally pretty girl any day of the week. Wait a minute! I just described the Boss.

    My daughter's freckles are starting to pop. Fairly soon she will look like my wife in miniature. If we can teach my daughter a tenth of the self-confidence and self-respect that my wife has, my daughter will be set for life.
    Edited by Arby on Oct. 12, 2007 at 10:08 AM

  4. {Sigh}….I am just starting down this road with my oldest at age 11. She is auburn-haired and freckled and doesn't feel as pretty as her blue-eyed, blond-haired friend. I am having to be more and more careful it seems about what we allow her to watch, participate in, etc. because of false images and what I know it does to young girls (not to mention young boys…we'll be there soon enough). I too applaud Dove, but also recognize that a biblical element must be added for it to hold any weight.

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