The art of the selfie is changing.
To illustrate how beauty is being redefined and to mark the tenth anniversary of the 'Campaign for Real Beauty', Dove has partnered with Sundance Institute and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Cynthia Wade on a documentary short film Selfie. Dove is committed to creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety and hopes to make this vision a reality by inspiring all women to redefine beauty and share their own beauty stories using #BeautyIs.
When it comes to societal factors that influence the beauty conversation, media and pop culture continue to play a pivotal role, but social media (user generated content) is emerging as one of the most powerful influencing factors. Social media offers women the opportunity to create their own media, personalize beauty and influence the conversation. More than half (55%) of women believe social media is playing a larger role in influencing the beauty conversation than traditional media.
"How we define beauty today has evolved over the past ten years," said Nancy Etcoff, director of the Program in Aesthetics and Well Being at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School, who consulted on the research. "The advent of social media is an empowering tool for women to tell their own beauty story and has allowed the definition of beauty to evolve into one that is more multi-faceted and inclusive. Women are becoming their own media creators. It's the personalization of beauty for the next generation."
Dove premieres Selfie, a compelling documentary short film, today at Sundance Institute's Women at Sundance brunch in Park City, UT. Directed by Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Cynthia Wade and produced by Sharon Liese, Selfie captures the journey of multiple generations of girls and their mothers in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts as they create a new type of selfie that celebrates their unique beauty.
"The way women are defining beauty today is changing dramatically, and social media has much to do with the change," says Cynthia Wade. "Now we have the ability to photograph the beauty we see in our friends and ourselves. When we share these diverse images on our social networks, we are taking personal ownership and truly redefining beauty."
Selfie focuses on a social media challenge, #BeautyIs, in which the film's participants explore their vulnerable self-images and take selfies which prominently feature what they perceive as their personal physical flaws. With the help of a professional photographer, the girls build the courage to create art by embracing their least desirable feature thus expanding their definition of what beauty is. Exhibiting these images in a #BeautyIs selfie photo gallery, the young women share their newly discovered beauty with women of all ages in their community.
Every woman has the power to redefine her own beauty. Traditionally, the media has told us who and what is beautiful. With the rise of social media, women now have the chance to tell each other what beauty means to them. Dove encourages women everywhere to share what beauty is to them through its #BeautyIs online experience. Every woman can play a role in influencing the definition of beauty, and Dove asks all women to redefine beauty together.
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