At the tender age of 11, I was ripped from my home, my community, my comfort, into a place dripped in superficiality that was unfamiliar and scary. When I just a pre-teen I looked at delicately balanced African-American and Colombian complexion and didn’t see beauty. It’s something I’ve struggled with my whole life – feeling beautiful. I’m insatiable. I want better, could be better, and have an incredibly difficult time accepting my worth, uncovering my beauty.
I’m so impressed by the work that Dove is doing to inspire girls all over the world, encouraging them to fully understand that their beauty should be a source of confidence, not anxiety. Given my struggle with self-esteem and beauty, it makes raising a daughter in an incredibly materialistic world quite difficult. My relationship with my Mom wasn’t one where she acknowledged my beauty, my Father being absent from my childhood exacerbated my issues of not realizing my beauty. Moms are important, I know this firsthand. More than half of girls globally say their Mother is their number one female role model. Having a simple conversation about beauty with girls, can make a world of a difference, and The Dove Movement for Self-Esteem opens up a world of opportunities for women to make a difference.
We all have a role to play in building up our next generation of strong and confident women. You can visit Vivemejor.com to access free tools to motivate and inspire girls in your life. While you are there be sure to download the “Let’s Talk” toolkit, a discussion guide developed by Dove Global Self-Esteem Ambassador Jess Weiner to help Moms and mentors start a conversation on beauty and self-esteem.
So far Dove has reached over 9 million girls with self-esteem programming!! With your help, we can reach Dove’s goal of 15 million by 2015.
Are you up for the challenge?
This post is sponsored in collaboration with Dove and Latina Bloggers Connect. All the opinions expressed here are my own.