Do Daughters Learn Body-Shaming From Their Mothers?


How many times do you say, both aloud and in your head, "I don't like my [insert body part here]. I wish it were more..."?

If the answer is often, you're not alone, and if you have a daughter, you probably hope and pray she won't develop the same insecurities about her own body. But as Dove's new "Legacy" video for their Self-Esteem Project shows, she most likely is.

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First, Dove asked a group of mothers to write down a list of likes and dislikes about their looks. One mother said she didn't like her eyes, nose, or arms. Another isn't a fan of her legs, but acknowledges that they're strong and make her a good runner.

Then, Dove asked these women's daughters to write out their thoughts on the same question. Finally, after reading her daughter's response, each mother displayed a deep sense of sadness. Understandably so: The little girls' comments were a direct reflection of their mothers' attitudes toward their own bodies.

This isn't the first time Dove has tapped into a similar topic. Last year, the beauty company released "Real Beauty Sketches," in which it asked a sketch artist to draw the same woman, sight unseen, based on both the woman's description of herself and on a description coming from a stranger—and saw startling results in the differences. But "Legacy" makes that video's confidence and self-acceptance message all that more painstaking. We can no longer talk about ourselves in unloving ways—at least not if we want the low self-confidence to end with us.


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