Often as women, we find ourselves focusing on our insecurities and negative aspects of our body image. In this specific video, a forensic artist, Gil Zamora, began to illustrate pictures of women describing their own facial features. He asked them many questions about their face, such as what their jaw, hair, eyes, and cheeks looked like. When the sketch was complete, the women were introduced to a complete stranger and began to have a conversation with them. After some time, the stranger was taken to where Zamora was sketching. He then asked those same questions to the stranger, describing the facial features of the women they met. When both drawings of the women were complete, they were compared alongside one another.
Here, we found that the women who described their own facial features, described them in a more negative way compared to the strangers’ descriptions. They focused more on their flaws and the features they disliked, rather than the things that they find beautiful about themselves. These women claimed they had a “fat, rounded face”, “more freckles”, or “bigger forehead.” None of the women seemed confident or proud of the way they looked. The strangers had a different view of these women. They described the facial features of the women in a more positive way. When mentioning the women, the strangers complimented their eyes, nose, and chin. They admired the features that women complained about having.
In Child’s Mary French and Susan Easton, the narrator states “Yet the only difference between Mary French and Susan Easton is, that the black color could be rubbed off from Mary’s skin, while from Susan’s it could not (Child, p-17)”. This was a prevalent in this time for many colored women. Their appearance made them feel less important compared to the white women. This is similar to women in the video comparing themselves to the standards society has set. Comparatively, Karen Coats, in her essay on Identity, claims that “People draw their identifications, and hence craft their identities, from a range of models, often taking the values of the dominant culture as an important component of their identity structure, even when culture could be viewed as historically or culturally oppressive. (Coats, p-111)”. Women in today’s society are often found comparing themselves to women in the media. But what many women don’t always realize is that there is always going to be somebody that is taller, that has whiter teeth, that is skinnier, that has clearer skin, and so on. This video is meant to show us women that we are more beautiful than we think. A girl at the end of the video says, “We spend a lot of time as women analyzing and trying to fix the things that aren’t quite right, and should spend more time appreciating the things we do like.” Rather than fixing things that make us the special person that we are, we should be more appreciative of our differences.