Talk openly about the amazing things our bodies can do
From dancing to learning to healing – our bodies support us every day. They give us the strength to have fun with friends, explore the world and achieve our dreams. From the day we’re born, our bodies are doing their best for us, and we think that’s worth celebrating. No matter what her hobbies are, ensuring your daughter has a diverse range of role models who inspire her with their strength, intelligence and personality is important for helping her reach her full potential.
Focus on who people are, not how they look
Recognising there is more to beauty than the way we look is vital in becoming body confident. By learning to appreciate other people's attributes and qualities, your daughter will begin to see beyond her own appearance and start to like all sorts of other things about herself. There is so much more to celebrate beyond how we look – like kindness, creativity, and trying your best. Showing your daughter the inner qualities you care about will help her to value more than just her appearance.
Dr Julie Smith’s ‘I Challenge You’ TikTok video
Dr Julie Smith is a clinical psychologist, online educator and content creator who is encouraging young people to appreciate their bodies for more than their appearance. By challenging us to shift our focus to the power of our body’s strength, brain and senses, Dr Julie shows just how wonderful our bodies are. By challenging us to shift our focus to the power of our strength, brain and senses, Dr Julie shows just how wonderful our bodies are.
Together, we’re celebrating some of the things our bodies do for us, so we can keep building young people’s self-esteem. Try making your own TikTok with the hashtags #Dove and #BodyConfidence to show what you value about your body.