Wednesday, April 17, 2013

tl;dr on the Dove "Real Beauty" ad

Since apparently I can't be succinct the first time around. :)  Here's what I was trying to say:

1) When beauty's present, it's okay to appreciate it, because it's part of God's good creation.
2) The beauty of someone's personality changes their face into something even more beautiful - changes even an ugly face into something beautiful. This is a reflection of reality, and shouldn't be taken as an illusion. The intangible has a real effect on the tangible.
3) Beauty fades, and that's okay, too, because God keeps all good things in his care, and we can trust him to take care of what's good in us. I guess: The Lord gave, the Lord takes away, and blessed be the name of the Lord. (And so don't rely on whatever beauty you happen to have; cultivate what lasts instead.)

And, perhaps most of all:
4) Don't trust beauty product companies who try to make philosophical statements about beauty; they're still trying to sell you something.

-Jessica Snell

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

First of all, I dislike this ad intensely because I can feel it trying to manipulate me, and that REALLY peeves me. But beyond that, as one who does research, I would really would like to know how they chose these particular women, the stimuli these women had been exposed to just previous to the shoot, and how many other responses (or other women) hit the editing floor, never to be seen. It is not a valid witness if you manipulate the data. And actually, all of these women are thin and pleasant looking to start with, so that is discrediting right there. GRRRRR. Mom