It sometimes gets a bad rap, but in some cases TV can be immensely helpful when it comes to aiding children to overcome body image issues and build confidence.
In a world first, beauty brand Dove and Cartoon Network’s beloved kid’s show Steven Universe have banded together to build self-esteem and body confidence in children through a brand-new series of six short animated films directed by Steven Universe creator, Rebecca Sugar.
The first of the short films launched on Wednesday April 4.
This animated coming-of-age TV show centers around a young boy named Steven Universe (voiced by Zach Callison), who lives with creatures known as Crystal Gems—three magical, humanoid aliens named Pearl (voiced by Deedee Magno), Garnet (voiced by Estelle), and Amethyst (voiced by Michaela Dietz)—in the fictional town of Beach City. Steven, who is half-Gem, has adventures with his friends and helps the Gems protect the world from their own kind.
This new joint series of bite-sized episodes is based on research that shows more than half of girls do not have high body confidence, leading them to avoid spending time with friends and family, put their health at risk and opt-out of important life events.
Working with the Dove Self-Esteem Project, all the new series content was carefully co-created and grounded in scientific evidence by body image expert, Dr Phillippa Diedrichs at the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England.