Let’s Talk Self – Esteem!

When I embraced the idea of sharing an amazing initiative by Dove™’, which I will be sharing with you later in this post, I found myself deeply immersed in thoughts as the subject touched old wounds, old teenage wounds in my own life and experiences. I just saw myself talking to my imaginary daughter or one of the teens I teach and sharing tips on beauty and how to keep your self esteem!

I grew up in a family of overweight people on my Dad’s side and early on, I’ve found myself, eating three grilled cheese sandwiches for breakfast, whole boxes of chocolate and more….I reached the overweight point myself and by the age of 12, I was bullied in parties and sometimes in school, always behind my back, because I was one of the cool kids…..still not pretty or skinny enough….I decided to diet by the age of 12 and exercise which did the trick and by age of 16 I was skinny and totally accepted. I knew all along it was all about acceptance, about being called beautiful, but also for me, it was more like, I don’t want to look like my relatives, don’t want to be obese, I want to be healthy and feel comfortable in my skin.

Life turned around and I had an unplanned pregnancy which lead me to 150+ pounds by the age of 21, bringing the battle back to square one! I dieted and lost all the weight and more and kept it off for 20 years until I married and got pregnant with my second son. I then put back on all the weight and lost it all over again! At 43, I found myself in a stressful time last year and put on some of the weight I had lost, which I am still struggling to lose….but the important thing about my battles and the fact that my genes tell me I need to diet for life is that I am doing it to feel good, to feel comfortable and not just to be accepted anymore, not because I owe this to anybody like it was in the beginning…this kind of battle, brings life-long results and if I had a daughter or was having this conversation with one of my students, this is the message that I would like to convey to them! It’s all about being happy in your own skin!

Here is me, at the age of 43!

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After sharing my personal journey, I wanted to share these amazing facts:

 

1.  Anxiety about looks begins at an early age and holds girls back (from reaching their full potential).
RESEARCH: According to Dove global research:

 

  • 72 percent of girls (ages 10-17) feel tremendous pressure to be beautiful.
  • Only 11 percent of girls (ages 10-17) are comfortable using the word beautiful to describe themselves.
  • When girls feel bad about their looks more than 60 percent globally (age 15 to 17) avoid normal daily activities such as attending school, going to the doctor, or even giving their opinion.

 

Therefore, I am so excited to share Dove’s initiative where they believe beauty should be a source of confidence, not anxiety and are committed to inspiring all women and girls to reach their full potential and I totally agree with that!

 

2. Everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in a girl’s self-esteem

 

  • More than half of girls globally say their mother is their number one female role model (66 percent U.S., 59 percent Canada).
  • A simple act, such as starting a conversation about beauty, can make a world of difference.
  • The Dove Movement for Self-Esteem opens up a world of opportunities for women to make a difference.

 

3. “Let’s Talk” is the theme of the third annual Dove Self-Esteem Weekend

A kick-off event in New York is set to spark a national conversation.

 

  • We will join girls from Dove partner organizations Girl Scouts of the U.S.A, Girls Inc, and Boys & Girls Clubs in a silent march to Times Square.
  • Dove will unveil a “Let’s Talk” designated area where women and girls can pull up a seat and start the conversation.
  • An electronic billboard will broadcast messages on the importance of building girls’ self-esteem.

 

I also wanted to share that Dove invites women across the U.S. to participate in the Dove Self-Esteem Weekend, taking place October 5-7 nationwide.

 

  • We wanted to invite you to join us tomorrow: FB chat with Jeannette Torres-Alvarez,October 4th from 7 -8 pm EST on facebook.com/vivemejor.
  • We also wanted to ask you to check out Dove’s initiative Vive Mejor Hablemos “Let’s Talk” (In Spanish) http://bit.ly/QGE4WY And also: http://bit.ly/PUXC8s – Vive Mejor Main Site

 

This post is compensated and in collaboration with Dove and Latina Bloggers Connect.

Claudia Krusch (65 Posts)

Mom and Foreign Language teacher at EasyLearn Languages, the author is a blogger and active member of South Jersey and Latino blogging groups.


  • Low self-esteem is a negative evaluation of oneself. This type of evaluation usually occurs when some circumstance we encounter in our life touches on our sensitivities. We personalize the incident and experience physical, emotional, and cognitive arousal. This is so alarming and confusing that we respond by acting in a self-defeating or self-destructive manner. ”

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