Forensic artist challenges Dove women’s self-perception

Dove and Ogilvy Brazil have hired a forensic artist to show the difference in how women see themselves and how they are perceived by others

Dove and Ogilvy Brazil have hired a forensic artist to show the difference in how women see themselves and how they are perceived by others. As part of its ongoing ‘Campaign for Real Beauty’, which has seen Dove pull off various high-profile stunts to celebrate the natural beauty of ‘real women’, the beauty brand invited women to be sketched by Gil Zamora, an FBI-trained forensic artist.

Without seeing the women, Zamora used only their own descriptions, and his forensic training to piece together a detailed portrait. He then illustrated another portrait, but going on the descriptions of random strangers who spent a limited time chatting to the women.

The results certainly have an impact, with both portraits clearly representing the woman sitting – but the own description in most cases far more unforgiving and unflattering than the one by the stranger.

Among the accompanying videos is a brief documentary that tells the story of the experiment, and an interesting little insight from Zamora on how he applied his forensic technique to the campaign (see below).

There are already a few detractors on the Real Beauty Sketches website questioning Dove’s selection of women in the first place, for example. And it’s not clear how many women were sketched overall. But the campaign nonetheless manages to use an innovative idea to bring its core message across with instant effect.

Agency: Ogilvy & Mather Brazil
Chief creative 0fficer: Anselmo Ramos
Executive creative director: Roberto Fernandez /Paco Conde
AD: Diego Machado
CW: Hugo Veiga
Sketch Artist: Gil Zamora
Producer: Veronica Beach

Production Company: Paranoid US
Director: John X Carey


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