Being a teenage girl today is hard enough, and it can be even more stressful with social media. So, Gabrielle Union and stepdaughter Zaya Wade have come together to inspire their social media followers to remove “toxic beauty advice” from their timelines.
In partnership with Dove, Gabrielle and Zaya posted a short video clip explaining their part in promoting self-love to the masses.
“If a post tells you, you’re not pretty enough, unfollow. If someone says, natural hair is ugly, mute. If you see anything that makes you feel like you’re not beautiful, simply remove it from your feed. I won’t follow anyone into thinking I’m not beautiful,” Zaya noted. “We don’t want you to either.”
Through a new campaign called #DetoxYourFeed, Dove has released Toxic Influence, a short film highlighting damaging social media messages like, "You have to treat yourself to a chemical peel. They're a total glow up," and enlisting parents to counteract them.
The Dove Self-Esteem Project released a study focusing on the effects of social media on self-esteem for young girls. Findings tell us one in two girls attribute low-self esteem to harmful beauty advice they see on social media, and 71 percent of girls felt better after they unfollowed idealized beauty content.
It’s important as parents that you talk to your kids about what they consume on social media and how they can manage any negative effects. The study found 80 percent of girls would like their parents to discuss idealized beauty advice they receive on social media and how to manage it with them.
Dove is sharing resources for parents such as a short video, a confidence kit, and will be streaming the Dove Real Talk Parent workshop on May 12th with cultural expert Jess Weiner and psychotherapist Nadia Addesi.