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Dove Hires a Forensic Sketch Artist to Draw Women as They See Themselves


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You're beautiful. Even if you don't see it, other people do.

Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful. At Dove, we are committed to creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. So, we decided to conduct a compelling social experiment that explores how women view their own beauty in contrast to what others see. 

A woman walks into a room. A forensic sketch artist sits in the room with his back turned to her. He asks her to describe her own appearance. He sketches a face according to that description, then sends her away.

Another woman enters. The sketch artist asks her to describe the first woman. He draws a face according to that description.

Then he shows the first woman both portraits. Her own description was far, far more critical than the other woman's.

When it comes to body image, we're own own harshest critics.

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This is an interesting blog post from a woman reacting to the Dove Sketch Video: http://sassytri.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/i-feel-pretty-but-dont-worry-not-too-pretty-just-pretty-enough/
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I was amazed at how true to life many of the drawings were, coming from only verbal Q&A and without any correction/modification from the describe-r. That forensic artist is really, really good.
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Didn't do anything for me. 1. Unless the artist did not realize the purpose of the exercise (which I doubt), he automatically drew the self-described versions as less attractive. 2. General politeness kind of dictates that we don't brag when describing ourselves so, without that, we are likely to use any other identifying markers (which are typically going to be non-braggy things like crows feet and freckles.) 3. General politeness also dictates that we aren't rude to, or about, other people so when describing strangers, we would naturally be more positive and praising than looking like a jerk and pointing out their flaws.
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