I know this is still a campaign from a large, commercial company. But I love their view on beauty and advertising, not just this one, but their entire real beauty campaign.

Please watch this

(There is a longer version here, which is definately worth watching; After, you can also find an interview with the artist himself)

Tell me, what did watching this video do to you?


20 thoughts on “Beauty

  1. that was fucking COOL.

    but it also made me sad. do we not have anything nice to say about ourselves? are our images truly so wrapped up in comments other people have made? do we not look in the mirror lovingly and acceptingly and truthfully? where has that ability gone? why did it get erased in the first place?

    recently a therapist-like woman i am working with asked me to look into the mirror and notice what i noticed. i simply noticed that my face was beautiful and that i liked it. so i told her. can you image her surprise? she’s not used to hearing that. she told me that.

    how is that possible?

    i walk around every day and think every person (literally) i see is beautiful. look for the beauty and you will find the beauty. why bother looking for the “imperfections”? those things are merely figments of over active imaginations. we look different for the very purpose of having myriad beauty in our lives. we’re all little treasures to be looked at fondly.

    i feel like everyone should say something now that they like about their face.

    i like everything about my eyes, eyebrows included.

    and you :)?

    • It is sad, very true. I think that’s the entire point of the vid (and their campaign in general), how sad it is that most of us have nothing positive to say about ourselves. Its funny how the women in hindsight say their eyes look sad in their original picture, while the artist drew both the original as well as the alternative version without having seen them. So I suppose it’s the women who, with hindsight, reflect on their own image with sadness (do you get what Im saying?)

      I like my eyes (and eyebrows) as well. Im so glad you can say you love who you see in the mirror boo. Thats so powerful

  2. i am going to write you an email when i am not tearing my hair out dealing with “first week of the new term” stresses! but i will just say. THANKYOU. thankyou for not giving up on me. thankyou for nagging and telling me how it is, even when others have given up on the stupid repetetiveness that is ME! anyways. i will shoot u a proper reply later in the week when i have a min, but i wanted to say that i have read and acknowledged its presence :) x

  3. oh wow.. love this :D finally off nights.. so thought i’d drop by and see how you’re doing! :D drop me a mail when ur free!

  4. That was fantastic. I watched the longer version. It’s really transforming just to watch it. Thank you so much for sharing this.

    I thought the people in the show were more ‘normal’ looking than the airbrushed models we see in the media. But I thought they were beautiful too. I see a lot in people’s faces….the average people at the local stores. I can usually see beauty but I can also see many feeling states…like pain sadness and anger…etc. I can see different levels of health issues. These things might not seem beautiful. It’s not about beauty. It’s that our faces (and our movements) show many things about us. I think that when people don’t see good looks, they might be seeing or sensing the pains and difficulties of life that a person lives…and that can seem ‘not beautiful’ too. I learned to look beyond the snap shot of the face, to see the expressions of a person’s soul and how they relate to the world. I can say that beneath the surface of ‘flaws’ like wrinkles and acne or what ever is ‘not beautiful’ I often see beauty of soul and heart.

    There are things I like and things I don’t like about my face. The things I don’t like are more about how they reflect health issues and emotional pains than about beauty.

    The biggest thing I got out of watching the video was that what I see about me is probably very different than what other people see about me. This makes me feel curious and more relaxed.

    • I love how you, too, seem to be able to ‘read’ people beyond the superficial smile! Good for you! It’s funny how I rarely ever even “notice” people’s physical appearance, but instead see posture/presence/spirit?

      What would you say is a feature of your face you love?

      • I’m sitting with the question and it’s interesting how many thoughts are going through my head. It’s causing me to think about what it is to ‘love’ physical features…..I usually use the word ‘love’ when I have a strong appreciation and affection for something. Since my face is such a familiar everyday part of my life I don’t feel very strongly one way or the other about it. I can easily say the many things I LIKE about my face. (To make someone like you happy I could use the word LOVE about these things. But honestly I wouldn’t say I LOVE these things. I just accept them and feel comfortable with them).

        I like the shape, oval. I like the proportions and symetry of all the parts. I like the color of my skin and that it has had very little problems other than some dryness occasionally. I like the shape of my eyebrows and lips. If I got to include them I’d include my hair and neck. I’ve always like my hair as it has a nice degree of wavy and the color is nice. Even the beginnings of silver are pretty to me.

        I don’t think I have to LOVE my face in order to accept it and be content. However I there are features that I feel pained over. I won’t say I hate them. I just see that they reveal my sorrow and my illnesses. And as a person who is conditioned like most people, my reflex is to see those features as not beautiful. That is my honest about it.
        Thanks for asking, It got me to think a lot about it.

      • Gel! I LOVE how you don’t just give the simplest answer. How you really thought about the question!

        Mmm that made me think; Do we not love the ‘ordinary’/daily? I think I disagree. Sometimes we might take it for granted, for sure. But not loving it? That would mean people wouldn’t love their children, significant others, family and friends, pets, house, little material treasures, etc. because they are every day features of their lives? I think the taking for granted bits, where you forget about it, are what reinforces the actual love. Because the moment you realize it again (oeeehhw your hubs wearing your fave cologne/shirt or your friend buying you flowers or your dog sitting in the perfect ray of sun etc) makes the love all the more visible (you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone? or, you don’t know what you have until something makes you realize it again). That said, you could “love” your eyes when you look into the mirror after you haven’t in forever, or find a certain picture that makes you love your skin tone, or a long smooch from your husbands reminds you how much you love your lips etc.?

      • Yeah, well I kind of know when i wrote that, that it wasn’t quite what I wanted it to mean…I guess it comes down to how you personally define or use words…so I could easily say I love my oval shape face or I like my oval shape face. But it just honestly isn’t a STRONG feeling of love.

        And you are right – I am super familiar with my dear husband but I haven’t faded in how much I love him. I’m actually feeling more confused. I value contentment and acceptance as much as love. Love seems more actively engaged with something where as contentment means I’m more freed up to focus on other things. Wow this is getting way out there so I’ll stop.

        Thanks again.

      • No no that’s exactly it I think, love is an active verb whereas contentment is more like a passive state. Which is why love needs some ‘refreshing’ sometimes, more than contentment does?

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