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New Dove campaign inspires Chinese women to care and reach beauty potential

20 May, 2011

Ogilvy Shanghai creates first and largest social media campaign of its kind for a beauty brand in China

SHANGHAI — Dove believes that every woman has the potential to be beautiful. In fact, a Dove research in China shows that over 60% of Chinese women believe they are beautiful but only a small 4% would openly declare and embrace their beauty.

Dove wants to change this by launching the first and largest social media initiative. The result – Dove’s “You’re a Beauty Story” - an initiative to inspire the women of China to acknowledge and embrace their beauty and ultimately capture all the individual beauty stories of the millions of women across China.

So now Dove is inviting the women of China to share their own beauty story and in doing so, hopes to inspire women to value and care about their beauty. A dedicated campaign site and Sina Weibo micro-blogging site - has been created to allow women to share their own personal beauty story.

Why story? “There is magic in sharing and believing – because everything starts with believing in your own potential. When you share, you are acknowledging your own beauty and when this happens, you are more like to value and take care of your beauty,” said Geoffrey Ogay, Regional Planning Director, Ogilvy & Mather, NEA.

“With this campaign we wanted to connect with Chinese women on a deeper level. We believe the most beautiful people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they simply make the best of everything they have,” said Lizzy Chen, VP Skin, Unilever Brand Development, Greater China/NEA. “We hope this genuine dialogue among real people will lead more women to be inspired to take better care of themselves and that the discussion will give rise to a nurturing, warm and inclusive journey where every Chinese woman will be able to release their beauty potential.”

Over nearly three months, we expect millions of Chinese women to acknowledge and affirm her own beauty along with sharing her own beauty story on and Aside from sharing, the platform also allows them to tell friends that ‘she is beautiful’.

Her participation will also be rewarded with product samples and tips on how to release their beauty potential from inspirational women like Ke HU, Xiujing Cai, and Yunrong Jin, a psychologist.

The program will conclude with the celebration of these women's individual stories at the end of June.

“But this is not so much an ending as the start of more inspirational dialogue from Dove,” said Maxwell Xu, Director, Hair Care, Unilever China Brand Building.

Learn more at:
• Dove “You’re a Beauty Story” Website:  
• Dove campaign on Sina Weibo:  
• “You’re a Beauty Story” campaign video:  
• Dove China website:  

Project title: Dove: You're a beauty story
Client: Dove, Unilever China
Creative agency: Ogilvy & Mather Group/Shanghai
Media agency: PHD
Exposure: Digital – Key activation platform is Sina Weibo

For photos or more information, please contact:
Sarah Guldin
Corporate Communications
Ogilvy & Mather Group/China  
Tel: (8610) 8520 6552

About Ogilvy & Mather
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