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)