The above pictures are from Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty. The campaign has been around since 2005 and is meant to emphasize that a woman doesn’t have to fit into a particular mold to be thought of as beautiful. It’s still going strong.
Now on to the controversy……
Click here to watch the ad.
The link I have you clicking to watch is an ad that Dove ran that features a black woman taking off her top to reveal a white woman and the white woman taking off her top to reveal a woman of Latin(?) ethnicity.
The controversy started because a makeup artist posted a gif of the first two images. The gift left out the Latin woman so it appears like the black woman is shedding her skin to become white. Yeah, right? Not a good look for Dove.
The reason many people were offended was because the GIF brought memories like this one
So you can see why a person would be outraged IF YOU SAW THE GIF ALONE. However, after seeing the FULL AD, I think we’re jumping the gun. Especially, given Dove’s recent history of celebrating beauty in all shapes/sizes/colors.
Click here to listen to my thoughts about why I’m NOT boycotting. Please share your thoughts about this IMPORTANT topic my blog. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.