Dove ditches ‘Real Beauty’ in favour of 'Body Language'

Dove is ditching its long-running ’real beauty’ campaign, which pioneered the use of real women in advertsing, and will replaceit with activity under the “Body Language” strapline.


Code named ’Darwin’, the Unilever-owned brand will launch the new strategy in the next few weeks.

Dove launched its global Real Beauty campaign in 2004 with the aim to highlight body images issues, but is now tasking Ogilvy London with replacing it with a new ’Body Language’ marketing campaign that will instead talk about how Dove products make you feel confident and attractive.

Sources say that the new campaign will aim to exude fun and be less ’preachy’ than the Real Beauty message.

Social media, with an emphasis on Facebook, will be the main focus of the campaign. However, television and press will support the massive social media push.

In response, Unilever global communications marketing manager Stacie Bright has issued a statement saying:

“The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty started a global conversation about the need for a wider definition of beauty more than six years ago. The Campaign for Real Beauty slogan has not been used consistently across the brand as the tagline depends on whether we are launching a new product or having a master brand campaign.”

“Our bold vision for the brand remains exactly the same. We aim to create a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. We are excited to give all women the opportunity to join us as we work to make our vision a reality. As discussed, we remain committed to real beauty, which will continue to be evident in all of the work we are doing.”

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Readers' comments (2)

  • It's about time that Dove ditched their 'real beauty' campaign - it was ostracising women of slimmer sizes and only served to promote unhealthiness as a way of life. This new 'Darwin' campaign should definitely be more focused on fun and how the actual products make you feel, rather than who they are for. Sarah Hooper, IUVO Marketing

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  • I think by ditching Real Beauty the Dove brand will lose its meaning and power and just become another cosmetic brand that fades into the mix of competitors. The new campaign might be a good replacement but at the moment the strategy of talking about how its products make you feel confident and attractive doesn't sound all that innovative, but I need to see more before making a real judgment.

    I don't think that Real Beauty ostracised slim women, there are slim women in that picture above, and they never showed anyone that looked unhealthy in my opinion, just a range of different looking women. It was a positioning that gave the Dove brand a real identity so I'll be sad to see it go.

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