Monday, October 8, 2012

Your Words Hold Power Inspire A Young Girl With Them #DoveInspired

It is not an easy task to do to, speak to young girls about how truly beautiful they are when you have a society that makes them all think that you all have to look like barbie to be accepted in this world. Its not easy but it is not impossible is what I am hear to say, I remind my daughter every day how beautiful she is the way she is and that she can do so much in life that the world is hers and all she has to do is know that she can accomplish what she wants with some hard work and determination. 

I always tell my daughter what a muñeca (doll) she is and that she will met people in life that don't think before they speak and may say some hurtful things to try to bring her down, and when this happen to know that she is a great person and she is worth more than they will ever know. I say this to her because she was bullied because of her weight, she was told this was not pretty, to fat and that no one cared about her. 

That to me was so awful and I had to make sure to let her know that what they were saying to her was all lies and that they were just being cruel because this is what they have learned and to see this and to be like a duck and let it roll of your back. I understand that this is easier said than done, but when you have the media saying you have to be certain weight and have certain look to even be considered beautiful you have to develop a strong back. I grew up always reminded I wasn't pretty and if I fat no one would love me, I remember asking once a family member do you think I am pretty  they responded: tu no eres tan fea que espante, ni eres tan linda que encantas, which means your not so ugly that you scare once seen, but your not pretty enough to delight once seen.  That was and is a horrible thing to say to anyone and because of this I made it my business to tell my daughter everyday that she is so beautiful and to never receive any negative comments made to her as her truth as who she is and should be. 

This society may bombarded the media and every outlet with a myriad of confusing messages about beauty we have to transform people's fictional beliefs about beauty and stop putting so much pressure and shame on  being who they truly are which is an amazing person who makes such a great difference in your life and in this world.

1. Always let them know they are loved
2. Remind them how important they are as an individual 
3. To never forget that their self worth is what they know they are, and not what others may think of them.
4. Their beauty is both inside and out
What else can you add to this list.

Dove believes beauty should be a source of confidence, not anxiety. Girls are listening – women just need to start the conversation. A simple act, such as starting a conversation about beauty, can make a world of difference. Dove is committed to inspiring all women and girls to reach their full potential. The Dove Movement for Self-Esteem opens up a world of opportunities for women to make a difference.

According to Dove Global research:
*  72% of girls ages (10-17) feel tremendous pressure to be beautiful.(1)
*  Only 11% of girls ages (10-17) are comfortable using the word beautiful to describe themselves.(2)
*  When girls feel badly about their looks more than 60% globally (age 15-17) avoid normal daily activities including attending school, going to the doctor, or even giving their opinion.(3)
Vive Mejor Hablemos “Let’s Talk” is an initiative that Dove started to encourage young girls to be confident about being beautiful. 72% of young girls feel tremendous pressure to be beautiful according to Dove Global Research. What if you could take their opinion of what being beautiful is and replace it with something more meaningful? Would you do it?
Read more about the Vive Mejor Hablemos program here
Disclosure: This has been a compensated post in collaboration between Dove and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, my statements and opinions are my own.



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