Campaign Questions Society on ‘The Beauty Report Card’ Given to Girls in India

“The biggest test Indian girls face in their school years, is the beauty test,” says Dove.

Client

Hindustan Unilever Ltd.

creative

Ogilvy India

Ogilvy India has launched Dove’s #StopTheBeautyTest 2.0, a follow up to the initial campaign in 2021. The new film examines eauty-based judgements that young girls are subjected to by society in the guise of advice, while asking consumers to confront prejudices and redefine what it means to be beautiful.

Last year, Dove began a movement provoking the nation to confront how beauty biases are amplified during the process of finding a life partner. The campaign showcased how the remarks deeply impacted the self-esteem of prospective brides.

“Our new campaign further fortifies our commitment to widen the definition of beauty and ensure its representation is holistic and inclusive,” said Harman Dhillon – Vice President, Hair Care, Unilever.

 
 

“With Dove’s #StopTheBeautyTest initiative, we intend to bring to light the beauty report card, which young girls can be subjected to, thereby reducing their self-esteem. With this campaign we want to urge society to look beyond beauty stereotypes and celebrate every girl’s individuality and uniqueness.”

 

 
 

Madhusudhan Rao, Executive Director, Beauty & Personal Care for Hindustan Unilever Limited, said: “Over the last 10 years, with the Dove Self-Esteem Project, we are working towards a vision where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. We want to empower young girls to rise above the unjust beauty report cards given to them and be confident in their own skin. As a brand that is committed to taking tangible action to change beauty, we hope the real-life stories of young girls is an eye opener for the society to take notice leading to a behavior change. Dove is on a mission to ensure the next generation grows up enjoying a positive relationship with the way they look.”

Zenobia Pithawalla, Senior Executive Creative Director & Mihir Chanchani, Executive Creative Director, Ogilvy, said: “The ‘beauty test’ has become such an integral part of our society that it starts right from the school years for girls. Their face and body become a marksheet for society to score. In this campaign, Dove shows us the plight and the determination of the school girls to not give into this grading system. It urges society to stop the beauty test and to start building beauty confidence of young girls.”

Abigail Dias, Senior Vice President, Planning: “When it comes to beauty-related anxieties, most women suffer in silence as they deal with the pressures of conformity to stereotypes. Dove’s ‘Stop The Beauty Test’ is a campaign and a platform that brings out in the open the issues that gradually diminish and chip away at women’s self-worth. This year, we’re going back in time to when the pressure and conditioning to make them ‘suitable brides’ really begins. For more than 80% of Indian women, that happens to be when they’re still school-going teenagers. The campaign is a reflection of real stories that we hope will continue to inspire change and further Dove’s ambition of a world where women can enjoy beauty on their own terms.”

Aurelia Ardito, UNICEF India Education Specialist, said: “One fourth of India’s population is aged between 10 to 24 years old. It becomes even more important to ensure these young minds are educated and equipped with the right knowledge, skills and training – especially when it comes to self-esteem and body confidence. Through Dove Self-Esteem Project, we’re empowering young girls to realize their potential to the fullest and thereby contributing to their future and their role in their community. To attain maximum impact, we’ve started training teachers to deliver sessions on body confidence as part of the life skills curriculum in schools.”


Credits

Client: Hindustan Unilever Ltd.
Brand: DOVE
Agency: Ogilvy India
Chief Creative Officers, Ogilvy India: Harshad Rajadhyaksha, Kainaz Karmakar & Sukesh Nayak
Vice Chairperson & Chief Client Officer, Ogilvy India: Hephzibah Pathak
Chief Strategy Officer, Ogilvy India: Prem Narayan
Senior Executive Creative Director: Zenobia Pithawalla
Executive Creative Director: Mihir Chanchani
Senior Creative Director: Vishal Rajpurkar
Copywriters: Kainaz Karmakar, Harshad Rajadhyaksha, Zenobia Pithawalla & Mihir Chanchani
Executive Vice President, Account Management: Vineet Singh & Walter Noronha
Client Services Director: Sanam Chowdhry
Account Supervisor: Bhavya Dwivedi
Account Executive: Vyigin Fotedar
Senior Vice President, Planning: Abigail Dias
Planning Director: Tanvi Mishra
Production House: Chrome Pictures
Director: Amit Sharma
Executive Producer: Abhishek Notani & Kush Malhotra

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