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Dove Choose Beautiful Hopes To Prove That Beauty Is A CHOICE

The Oxford English dictionary defines the word ‘beautiful’ as pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically. Now, who judges what pleases your senses or mind? Shouldn’t it carry a disclaimer that the definition is purely subjective? That what I find beautiful may not appeal to your senses. That finding something or someone beautiful is based on so many factors – both intrinsic and extrinsic.



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Dove, with its newest ad campaign, is set to remove the subjective clause attached to this seemingly innocuous word. Two days ago, it released a video, Dove Choose Beautiful and it makes you think about how you perceive yourself. Two separate doorways were marked – one is boldly marked Average, the other is marked Beautiful. It is subtly asking you to choose how you see yourself – average or beautiful.

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While most women went through the door marked average, some confident women unhesitantly walked through the beautiful door. While one mother pulls her daughter through the beautiful door, one other woman, on seeing the two marked doors, is seen walking away from it all. As if it was too much to take.

doorways marked average and beautiful

Doorways marked ‘Average’ and ‘Beautiful’

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One woman explains why she chose the average door,

“Beautiful to me … it’s too far away out of reach. I chose average.”

Another woman confessed her choice to her friend later,

“I went through the average door.” While her friend looks on with a shocked expression, she continues, “Yeah, I didn’t even hesitate.”

a woman unhesitantly walking towards the average door

A woman unhesitantly walking towards the average door

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One mother who walked through the average door with her young son in tow, said,

“Am I choosing because of what’s constantly bombarded at me? What I’m being told that I should? Or am I choosing because that’s what I really believe?”

She shrugged, as if she no longer knew what her reasoning was behind her choice.

This video for Dove Choose Beautiful was filmed in five cities – San Francisco, Shanghai, Delhi, London, and Sao Paulo. Dove set out to prove that beauty is a choice, a choice every woman needs to make every day. And the power of this choice is in every woman’s hands, and not in somebody else’s.

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A study conducted by Dove has a telling result. According to it, most women, a whopping 96 percent of them said they wouldn’t choose the ‘beautiful’ to describe themselves. But about 80 percent of the women said that there was something beautiful about them.

The company, in a statement it released, said,

“Women make thousands of choices each day – related to their careers, their families, and let’s not forget, themselves. Feeling beautiful is one of those choices that women should feel empowered to make for themselves, every day.”

Check out the video of Dove Choose Beautiful here:


Dove has long since associated itself with celebrating ‘real beauty,’ as is evident from its past campaigns. One that comes to mind is most recent. When lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret launched it Perfect Body campaign, Dove came out with a poster to celebrate the perfect REAL body. Here’s the tweet:

This latest campaign, Choose Beautiful, is already garnering accolades on social media. Check out some of the tweets:    


Given a choice, what would you choose – Average or Beautiful?

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Dove Choose Beautiful Hopes To Change Women's Perceptions
Dove Choose Beautiful video really makes you stop and think about how you perceive yourself. Check out the video here.
Chaitra Ramalingegowda

Chaitra Ramalingegowda

I fell in love with storytelling long before I knew what it was. Love well written stories, writing with passion, baking lip-smacking-finger-licking chocolate cakes, engaging movies, and home-cooked food. A true work-in-progress and a believer in the idiom 'all those who wander are not lost'. Twitter: @ChaitraRlg