Speaker Urges Women to Reject Narrow Stereotypes About Female Beauty

February 28, 2013

Speaker Stacy Nadeau, one of the women featured in a popular advertising campaign that challenged stereotypes about female beauty, will speak at Saint Leo University at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 20th, in the Student Community Center.

Her talk is free and open to the public, and parking is readily available in the campus garage. University Campus is located at 33701 State Road 52, four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285).

Ms. Nadeau’s talk is titled “Embracing Real Beauty.” She draws partly from experience participating in a 2005 Dove-brand advertising campaign that pronounced “Real Women Have Real Curves” and that featured photographs of smiling, confident women of various sizes and shapes, dressed only in their underwear. (Dove sells a range of skin and hair care products including cleansers and moisturizers.) The photos of the women were not retouched or airbrushed. Dove’s campaign touched off discussion nationally about body image, and how media, advertising, and individuals can positively or negatively affect the way women see and feel about themselves.

Stacy Nadeau was still a college student when she participated in the Dove advertising campaign. She now speaks and writes regularly on topics related to maintaining a healthy self-image. Her appearance, part of Woman’s Herstory Month at Saint Leo University, is sponsored by the departments of Student Activities and Multicultural and International Services.