Spot uses Deepfake technology to show the sort of harmful beauty messages young girls are exposed to online
Dove, and its creative partner Ogilvy, have created #DetoxYourFeed, an awareness, empowerment and education campaign as part of their global digital programme.
To launch the campaign, a powerful film called “Deepfake”, uses Deepfake technology to raise awareness as part of the campaign to help teen girls help themselves and to help their parents to support them.
Authentic casting is a crucial aspect of creating the film, with Dove and Ogilvy casting real mothers and daughters directly impacted by the issue.
The Dove Self-Esteem Project research concluded that the majority of girls realize that less time on social media and taking control of what they scroll, is part of the solution. In fact, 7 in 10 girls felt better after unfollowing idealized beauty content on social media.
For years, Dove has championed wider definitions of beauty and has taken action towards making social media a more positive place with campaigns like #SpeakBeautiful, #NoDigitalDistortion and Reverse Selfie/Selfie Talk.
Today, the Dove Self-Esteem Project is launching the #DetoxYourFeed campaign to empower teens to define their own beauty standards and choose their own influences by inviting them to unfollow anything that doesn’t make them feel good about themselves. Through a series of films, educational content, and partnerships with inspiring voices, the campaign encourages necessary conversations between parents, caregivers and teens about the dangers of toxic beauty advice.
In a longform campaign film, Toxic Influence, moms and their teens engage in a dialogue around harmful beauty advice on social media. The film highlights dangerous topics like “fitspo,” “thinspo” and the promotion of elective cosmetic procedures to young girls. Moms who participated were surprised to learn that this type of harmful beauty advice has become normalized for their daughters. They were inspired to have the important conversations around what their daughters are seeing in their feeds.
“We’ve identified a clear problem that is eroding the self-esteem of our girls and needs immediate attention and action. We created this #DetoxYourFeed campaign to not only raise awareness around the insidious nature of toxic beauty advice, but to also help parents navigate tough conversations and empower teens to unfollow content that makes them feel bad about themselves,” says Leandro Barreto, Global Vice President of Dove. “While it may be a bit overwhelming at times, we hope it will contribute to important conversations that lead to a more positive experience for teens on social media.”
80% of girls would like their parents to talk to them about how to manage idealized beauty posts, so the Dove Self-Esteem Project has developed academically-validated resources and tools to help parents navigate important conversations with their kids and empower teens to #DetoxYourFeed:
• “Detox Your Feed: The Parents Guide” – a three-minute educational film for parents, caregivers and mentors on facilitating conversations with young people about the harms of social media.
• “The Confidence Kit” – free Dove Self-Esteem Project workbook and tool featuring a new section, “Detox Your Feed: Talking to Your Kids About Toxic Social Media Advice.”
Additional resources to change the way parents and teens think and talk about beauty will also be made available. The Dove Real Talk Parent workshop – a free, virtual, live-stream event and Q&A session being held on May 12th with cultural expert Jess Weiner and leading psychotherapist Nadia Addesi – will provide parents with the tools to fight toxic influence on teens’ social media feeds.
Registered Social Worker & Psychotherapist, Nadia Addesi, who has used her expertise to foster digital self-esteem for her community on TikTok, says “This campaign is important as public discourse grows around the harmful effects social media can have on girls. It contextualizes the insidious nature of harmful beauty advice that’s become normalized in teens’ feeds. While it might feel harmless, given half of girls say social media causes low self-esteem, ongoing exposure has the potential to have a negative and lasting impact. “
The Dove Self-Esteem Project is the world’s largest provider of body confidence education globally, reaching more than 82 million young people across 150 countries to-date through initiatives like the #DetoxYourFeed campaign. In the US alone, Dove reaches more than 6 million kids per year, through partnerships with The Boys & Girls Club and America and education consultancy, Cairn Guidance. By 2030, Dove will have helped 250 million kids and teens boost their self-esteem through educational programming and no-cost resources.
To help spread the #DetoxYourFeed message, Dove is partnering with Gabrielle Union and Zaya Wade to remind everyone that the power to curate your feed and overall experience with social media is in your hands. “As a parent and someone who’s felt the pressures from social media to look perfect, it’s important to me that people realize what’s on their teens’ feeds and help them confidently navigate conversations about it.’ says Gabrielle Union. Zaya Wade adds, “I want people to know they can prioritize themselves and set boundaries on social media, and that it can be a positive place if you unfollow content that doesn’t make you feel good.”
Alessandro Manfredi, Global Dove, Executive Vice President, Unilever
Leandro Barreto, Global Brand Vice President, Dove Masterbrand Unilever
Edoardo Briola, Global Brand Director, Dove Masterbrand, Unilever
Leslie Golts, Global Brand Manager, Dove Masterbrand, Unilever
Amalie Thompson Global Assistant Brand Manager, Dove Masterbrand Unilever
Zoe Eungblut Global, Brand Director Digital, Dove Masterbrand, Unilever
Juliette Crouzet-Mertens, Senior Global Digital Manager, Dove Masterbrand Unilever
AGENCY & PARTNERS
Daniel Fisher, Global Executive Creative Director (Unilever) & Special Projects, Ogilvy
Francesco Grandi, Global Creative Director, Ogilvy
Phil Gull, Copywriter, Ogilvy
Helen Giles, Art Director, Ogilvy
Sian Hughes, Design Lead, Integrated Ogilvy
Jo Bacon, Global Client Lead, Ogilvy
Sam Pierce, Global Managing Partner, Ogilvy
Georgie Howard, Global Business Director, Ogilvy
Carmen Vicente Soto, Global Account Director, Ogilvy
Olivia White, Digital Account Manager, Ogilvy
Katie Morrell, Project Manager, Ogilvy
Zahra Mair, Project Manager, Ogilvy
James Brook-Partridge, Head of Integrated Production (Unilever), Hogarth WW
Stephanie Warner, Lead Senior Film Producer, Ogilvy
Sally Miller, Senior Film Producer, Hogarth WW
George Ward, Assistant Producer, Ogilvy
Eva McAlpine, Assistant Producer, Hogarth WW
Chloe Jahanshahi, Senior Art Producer, Ogilvy
Ben Kay, Chief Strategy Officer, WPP, London
Ila De Melloa Kamath, Strategy Partner, Ogilvy
Yolanda Davis, Strategist, Ogilvy
Fergus Brown, Managing Director, Smuggler
Henry-Alex Rubin, Director, Smuggler
Ray Leakey, Producer, Smuggler
Katie Uhlmann, Talent Liaison, Smuggler
Andrew Sullivan, Line Producer (Soft Citizen), Soft Citizen
Gabriela Osio Vanden, Director of Photographer, Smuggler
Casting: Milo Casting
Stephen Milo C.D.C., Casting Director, Milo Casting
Taijah Hinds-Rowe, Casting Research Manager, Milo Casting
Julian Marshall, Edit Producer, TenThree
Ellie Johnson,Editor, TenThree
Iain Whitewright, 2nd Editor, TenThree
Elyse Raphael, Assistant Editor, TenThree
Post Production: Absolute
Sally Heath, Executive Producer, Absolute
Kirsty Ratcliffe, Senior Producer, Absolute
Maddie Godsill, Assistant Producer, Absolute
Shaun Wilding, Production Assistant, Absolute
Matt Turner, Senior Colourist, Absolute
Juliette Wileman, Colourist, Absolute
Jonas McQuiggin, Creative Director, Absolute
Joseph Wolfenden-Williams, Online, Absolute
Jasmine Cooper, 2D Artist, Absolute
Antonio Jimenez 2D Artist Absolute
James Russell, 2D Artist, Absolute
Av Bains, 2D Artist, Absolute
Simon Holden, 2D Artist, Absolute
Ben Robards, 2D Artist, Absolute
Chris Tobin, 2D Artist, Absolute
Deepfake Technology: Synthesia c/o Hogarth WW
Titus Scurt, Primary Production Senior Producer, Hogarth WW
Michalis Anthis, Sound Engineer, 750mph
Aishah Amodu, Producer, 750mph
Hanan Townshend, Composer
Caitlin Cronenberg, Photographer
Natalie Frenkel, Producer
Sipke Visser, Retoucher, Frisian