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Dove Reclaiming Self-Esteem with Shondaland: Dominant Stories Podcast

Reclaiming Self-Esteem with Shondaland: Dominant Stories Podcast

If you love thought-provoking podcasts and support breaking beauty standards, you won’t want to skip this. The Dove Self-Esteem Project has joined forces with Dove partner and creative powerhouse Shonda Rhimes, to launch a new podcast, ‘Dominant Stories with Jess Weiner’. Produced in collaboration with Shondaland Audio, the new series explores different perspectives on beauty and confidence – and we can’t wait for you to give it a listen.

The low down about bodies, beauty and identity:

Hosted by cultural expert and Dove Self-Esteem Project partner, Jess Weiner, you’ll be invited into 12 intimate chats with celebrities, experts and empowering voices. From discussing the impact of social media on body image to breaking the binary in the beauty industry, the series takes listeners on a journey of self-reflection. Prompting us all to rewrite the ‘Dominant Stories’ we’ve told ourselves about our bodies, beauty and identity – it’s all about reclaiming our self-confidence.

Unpacking topics like unrealistic beauty standards, appearance-based anxiety, our ‘always on’ social media culture and building body-confidence, 'Dominant Stories with Jess Weiner' provides a safe, open and honest space to chat about issues that impact women, girls and non-binary individuals today.


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Empowering action through the Dove Self-Esteem Project

We want to create a world where beauty is a source of confidence, and not anxiety – and that’s just one of the reasons we launched the Dove Self-Esteem Project. At the end of each ‘Dominant Stories with Jess Weiner’ episode, listeners will be given an empowering action to build self-esteem and body confidence, including our free evidence-based resources – created in partnership with the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of West England.

So far, as the largest provider of self-esteem education in the world, we’ve reached more than 69 million young people across 150 countries. Now, it’s our goal to help 250 million young people form a positive relationship with how they look and realize their full potential. Listen to ‘Dominant Stories with Jess Weiner’ now and join us.

Episode Highlights

Diving deeper into the psychology behind our ‘Dominant Stories’, this episode looks at how we’re influenced by social media, culture and our families. 

To discuss the pressures of social media with a young person in your life, download the Dove Self-Esteem Project Confidence Kit and have #TheSelfieTalk today.

This episode explores how beauty rituals can impact our self-esteem and identity, as well as the negative impact race-based hair discrimination can have on on our sense of beauty, self and community. 

To take action against race-based hair discrimination, sign The CROWN Act petition at: Dove.com/CROWNAct.

Exploring beauty beyond the binary, this episode discusses how our relationships to gender and identity can help us feel seen. 

Help the young people in your life feel confident and proud of who they are with Proud To Be Me – our body positivity tool for LGBTQ+ youth.

Body positivity has become the norm online, but it doesn't make everyone feel good. This episode brings to light the nuanced dynamic of creating body love while navigating a chronic illness. 

To help young people embrace their individuality and boost body confidence, download the Confidence Kit.

Tune in to hear from a passionate panel of body image advocates on a series of personal and provocative questions like: Can you love your body and still want to change it?

Download the Confidence Kit to help the young people in your life navigate appearance pressures and build body confidence.

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