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Janet Taylor, MD TODAY
Women are often their own harshest beauty critics, and a new Dove ad campaign shows they can also draw the wrong conclusions about themselves — literally.
In the beauty brand’s three-minute video, “Real Beauty Sketches,” an FBI-trained forensic artist meets individually with seven women from behind a curtain. He then creates a composite sketch of each woman based on descriptions they provide to his questions.
When asked to describe her chin, one woman responds: “It kind of protrudes a little bit, especially when I smile.”
“I have a pretty big forehead,” volunteers another woman.
“I kind of have a fat, rounder face,” says a third.
Later, the artist draws a second sketch of each woman based on descriptions provided by a stranger each of them had met earlier. His ultimate side-by-side reveal of both sketches drew complete surprise and a range of emotions from his subjects, as they saw that a stranger had described them much more beautifully and kindly than they had described themselves.
Kela Cabrales told TODAY’s Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb she was completely shocked by the idea that a stranger could more accurately describe her face than she could.
“I had no idea that what I was describing was a person that looked so sad and heavy and this other person, this complete stranger, described me as beautiful and light and happy,” she said.
Cabrales said she wasn’t trying to downplay any of her features when she described them to the artist.
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Video: Dove is kicking off a new beauty campaign to dramatize how women often see themselves as less attractive than an objective observer would deem. Psychiatrist Dr. Janet Taylor discusses why women’s self-esteem tends to be low.
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