Kathie Lee & Hoda: Dove Beauty Experiment
Would you ever believe you are your toughest critic when it comes to your looks? Dove set out to prove that women are far too tough on themselves when it comes to looks by setting up a beauty experiment. They found real mothers from around America to sit behind a curtain and describe themselves to a police sketch artist on the other side of the curtain. After they were done, the women left the room and a person the women had met earlier came in and described the women they met to the sketch artist who then made another sketch based on what these strangers said about the women.
When the experiment was done and the two pictures of each woman were placed side by side, almost every single picture drawn using the descriptions given by the women to describe themselves were very far off base. The pictures looked nothing like them, made them look sad and tired and it revealed how they truly saw themselves. But when the women saw the pictures of themselves the sketch artist drew from what a stranger had told him the women looked happy and beautiful, just like they were in real life.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Women See Themselves Differently Than an Unbiased Stranger
One of the mothers in the experiment, Kelly, said she tried to describe herself in a very straightforward manner but the drawing came out looking nothing like her. She couldn’t believe a stranger was more accurate in describing her than she was.
Florence, another one of the mothers in the experiment, looked downright crazy in the drawing she described of herself but the drawing that used the descriptions given by a stranger looked exactly like her.
“I have a microscope up to my looks and I don’t need to,” she told Kathie Lee and Hoda.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Women Have Low Self-Esteem
Psychiatrist Dr. Janet Taylor said most women struggle with how they see themselves on the outside as well as the inside. She said sometimes women need to change their perspective when looking in the mirror and they also need to be conscious of what they say. Dr. Taylor said young girls are always watching. They hear you call yourself fat, they see you look in the mirror with disgust and they do not forget.
Dr. Taylor said women also need to learn how to accept compliments. When someone is complimenting a woman, they often take it as the person just trying to be nice but usually they are offering a genuine compliment.
As for the two women on the show today, they both said they are going to stop listening to their biggest critic: themselves.