ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Dove’s recently launched, Shonda Rhimes-helmed Real Beauty Productions on Monday released the first of its films aimed at telling the stories of real women. The film, “Meet Cathleen,” follows Cathleen Meredith and her passion for dance, as well as her work with her dance group Fat Girls Dance.
The production company was launched in light of research showing that 71% of women and 67% of girls wish media did a better job showing women of diverse physical appearance.
“Dove and I have a shared passion in emphasizing what’s real. The characters that I write about come from the fact that I wanted to see real women on TV - the real and messy stuff that makes us human,” Rhimes said. “In working with Dove and Real Beauty Productions, we get to talk to real women and hear their own beauty stories. The idea that Cathleen defines beauty as self-love is a very mind blowing concept. I don’t think a lot of us, me included, define beauty in terms of self-love. And, to me, that is so empowering.”
Meredith said, “I don’t think we know how much we are told that there is something wrong with our bodies. I think beauty should be fearlessness. I think beauty should be resilience. I think beauty should be creativity. I feel so lucky to have worked with a powerful role model like Shonda Rhimes on such an important project – one I hope will inspire every other woman out there to define beauty for themselves.”