I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day! I loved seeing all the gorgeous photos of mothers on Facebook yesterday. Clearly we think our moms are beautiful.
In case you missed it, Dove Real Beauty celebrated the day with a video titled “You Are Beautiful.” This offering is a variation of their incredibly popular video “Beauty Sketches” in which several women are drawn by a sketch artist. Each woman was drawn twice: once describing themselves to the artist and again being described by a stranger who had just met them. The results were two very different portraits, demonstrating that we are more beautiful than we see ourselves.
In this new video, mothers describe themselves to the forensic artist through a laptop video chat. Then their daughters took their turn describing their mothers. While “Beauty Sketches” brought me to tears, this Mother’s Day video falls flat for me. There are only three mothers in the video, and they don’t show the finished drawings for one of them. It’s touching to see the mothers and daughters react but overall “You Are Beautiful” feels a bit contrived. Do you agree?