We still have work to do though. 70% of women say they still don't feel represented in the images they see every day. We also know that women and girls are being sent home from work or school because of their hair type or style. This is why we are working on various initiatives to ensure the world girls enter is a more welcoming place when it comes to beauty. We have co-founded the CROWN Coalition and are making progress towards changing federal and state law in the USA with the CROWN Act*, making it illegal to discriminate against natural or protective hair textures and styles in the workplace or school. We are also working to change laws to prevent digital distortion of images in advertising in the USA. These things matter. Women's lives are affected by these exclusions and stereotypes every day, in ways big and small. It affects our health, relationships and opportunities in life.
It’s why Dove has developed Project #ShowUs – the world’s largest stock photo collection created by women, female-identifying and non-binary individuals – to shatter beauty stereotypes by showing us as we are, not as others believe we should be. The collection features more than 5,000 photographs depicting the real beauty of women and non-binary individuals from 39 countries and counting. No airbrushing, no digital distortion, just an unapologetically inclusive vision of beauty. We are here to champion female body positivity. Every image is created by Girlgaze, a diverse community of female identifying and non-binary photographers around the world. For the first time ever, each person photographed has personally chosen their own search descriptions for their images, defining exactly how they want to be seen, in their own terms.