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looking-in-mirror1Dove recently completed its Body Confidence Census of 2012, surveying UK women between the ages of 18 and 64  about their thoughts on beauty and confidence and the results showed women still have a long way to go in the self-esteem department. When most women were asked to describe their looks and their body, the most common answer was simply “average.”

“Only 2 percent of women are saying, ‘I’m beautiful’ and only 1 in 10 are saying, ‘I feel attractive,’ a Dove spokesperson said. “That’s just not where we want to be.”

The majority of women actually said the pressure to “be beautiful” comes from themselves, with the media coming next in line, and a small percentage noting pressure from family members, friends, and their partners. The majority of women (82%) said they feel their best inside and out when they care about the way they look, and going against the very nature of “self-“esteem, 50% of the women said they feel  more beautiful when they receive a compliment. Sadly, nearly a quarter of the women surveyed were unable to remember when they last received a compliment that even made them feel attractive.

Interestingly, most women said it wasn’t what’s on the outside that made them most confident. “Being loved” ranked highest as the biggest confidence boost and more than half said it was having a strong relationship or marriage. Another third said liking how they look in the mirror makes them confident and about one in three said being in good shape was key.

Though most women seem to let their beauty rest in the eye of another beholder, what they’re missing is that they can easily up their own confidence and beauty by simply loving themselves.

What does it take for you to feel beautiful?

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  • I have a similar story to some of those above in school I was the smart one never call pretty not even by my family I was very heavy I’m talking size 26 heavy….my tall slim sister was the pretty one until about the age of 16 the only thing that really changed was I started opening up more…I’m still kind of stumped as to what changed I have always though of myself as beautiful outside and in just (big) though, the outside took some work to think of as beautiful past the face…I have my parents to thank for the physical aspect of it and God for it all as a whole. Just the other day at work this lil ole white lady at work walked up as i was helping her said my gosh you look like Jasmine Sullivan…ya color is just deeper …where i’m from that was actually meant as a compliment …now i dont really know bout that but….i say that to say really beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I’m am one of Gods beautiful creations

  • Cha Cha

    The older I get, the more beautiful I feel. I feel that I am physically attractive, and not just because men express that. I feel good about my personal qualities, and I appreciate myself more every day. The things I used to hate about myself, I now love. The things I used to see as negative, I now see as room for improvement. Yes, there are some days when I feel ugly, like when I’m PMSing, or if I treated someone badly, but over all, I feel beautiful. And I think the key to feeling beautiful about my outside appearance has been feeling good about myself on the inside first. I mean, you have some people who feel pretty, and have men drooling over their looks, but if they dislike the person that they are, then how beautiful can they really feel other than on a superficial level?

    • OSHH

      True amd I concur, you have to love, respect and value yourself, then you will not be looking for validation for others be it men or whomever.

  • Misti

    How you perceive yourself is how others will perceive you….I may not always feel up to par but 90% of the time I do think I am a very beautiful person, inside & out!!