As you know, six months ago I partnered with Dove to promote a campaign to encourage moms and female mentors to talk with girls about self-esteem and body image. That campaign gave moms the tools to start a conversation and culminated this past weekend with Dove’s “Walk the Talk” silent march to the heart of Times Square. The march represented all the conversations about beauty anxiety that don’t take place.
In a house with two little girls and multiple princess dress-ups, beauty is a something that is talked about daily. This weekend, when I modeled a new sparkly scarf, my four-year-old reverently touched the lowest part of it and said, “It’s as beautiful as you mommy” and I melted. She went on to say that I looked as beautiful as a statue, which made even my husband who was in the bathroom pop his head out to see what all the fuss was about.
I hugged my daughter and said thank you, hoping that the beauty she saw was not only physical but shaped by my overwhelming love for her – that she sees me as beautiful because I indulge her Band-Aid fixation, rub her back and make up silly songs…because I’m her mom.
When I think about “Walk the Talk,” I think about being who I want my girls to become. I want them to see beauty in moments, not just things. I want them to embrace their individuality and move confidently through life. And more than anything, I want them to know that they are loved for who they are.
That’s who I need to be because teaching starts first with being.