(Although I am talking about females, this picture is posted for those who are interested in the results of the study for males)
Do you agree with them? You can navigate around their website if you want to know more about their research project.
According to a study commissioned by Dove, most Asian women are content with their looks with the exception of Japan where more than half of them are not satisfied with how they look.
Which feature do you think plays a great impact on defining how "beautiful" you are? For Singaporean women, it's the face and shape of eyes.
Other interesting finds:
Fewer Than 3% of Women Call Themselves “Beautiful” Singapore Women Near Bottom on Compliments (95 days on average since they were told they were beautiful) Only 2 out of 10 Singapore Women Happy with their Breasts Singapore women very “natural,” with least amount of skin whitening and second least usage of deodorant
FAMILY RELATIONS: Malaysia, China, Philippines, Thailand ROMANTIC RELATIONS: Korea, Vietnam, Philippines FRIENDS: Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Korea BEAUTY: Philippines, Malaysia, China FINANCIAL SUCCESS: Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand HEALTH: Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia
There appears to be a strong relationship between happiness in other aspects of one's life, such as family and friends, and feeling beautiful.
What if you don't have any of those features listed in the "attractive face" picture? Are you still satisfied with your looks? You can visit Dove's Campaign For Real Beauty and find that there are millions of girls out there who share the same sentiment as you. If you are feeling generous, you can even donate to The Dove Self-Esteem Fund. The fund aims to teach and show girls a wider definition of "beauty". Here's a commercial on bodily characteristics that girls are concerned about.
Here are some comments by girls from the forum:
Tasha: Hi. I'm a 14 year old girl with a low self-esteem. After seeing the advert i couldn't believe how much i could relate to it. There's so much pressure to be beautiful and skinny. I have been bullied many times (and still am) for being ugly and smart so i think what doves doing is really great:)
Guest: hey.i know this self esteem site is about how you feel about how you look but i have problems with whats on the inside.i think im a good looking girl but i dont think i have a personality that anyone will want to know.i hvae no problems with how i look but,stupid as its sounds, i dont think im a person worth knowing.i dont feel i have an impact on anyones life and my confidence in myself is rock bottom.do i sound stupid?
Daniela Hooper: It is rare, in our world to see that real beauty is in fact the real thing, and what we should be proud of at all times. As a normal girl, I have always been influenced by the media, magazines, and theyre potrays of what beauty is. The truth is, thats how beauty sells.
What beauty is, is something that they dont know about. Something that lies within every women, every soul. It is the fact that you can be beautiful, by being yourself. Love youself, your inner self and with that comes outside beauty as well. That is what I can see when I watch the DOVE ads, and that is the truth.
THANK you for realizing.
_-Sammy-_: When I saw the advert I was shocked how it was like meAfter reading all these, how do you define "beauty"? Is it the physical built outside or the personality inside that makes you unique as you are? The outside or the inside?
All my life I thought I was fat and ugly and people told me that.
After seeing the advert I realised that there is beauty in me and I should ignore what everyone else says.
My Boyfriend said "See even they say your beautiful!"
Aww bless Him
Personally, I feel that even though your physical features does play a part in defining "beauty", but what is more important - and also the most overlooked part - is your personality and characteristics. Let me share something that I saw.
Once, I was queuing up to collect the TODAY newspaper at Toa Payoh Interchange. There was this schoolgirl who looked like an average Singaporean girl. Nothing outstanding, just average. From her uniform, I could see that she's from a girls' school - CHIJ or some Convent school. She was standing at one corner. I was thinking to myself, "Shouldn't she be in school at this hour? It's like 7.15am." Then when the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) train came and commuters streamed out of it, there was this other schoolgirl in the same uniform who was in crutches. The one who was standing at one corner, approached this other schoolgirl and helped her to carry her schoolbag! Oh man, I was so touched. She waited all this while for her friend to come so that she could assist her in carrying her schoolbag. Her friend initially refused but she insisted on, seeing how difficult it was for her friend to walk with her crutches and carry her schoolbag at the same time. Does she look nice? Average I would say. But it's her kind personality that makes her even more beautiful than the beautiful lady in front who just said the four-letter word.
Hopefully this post will inspire you and help you realise that true beauty is not defined by your built, but by your inside - that is something you can change and improve on. The same can be said for the males also.
"It's beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart." ~Anonymous ~
(Statistics, figures and findings taken from Dove's "New Study of Asian Women's Attitudes Reveals".)