On this morning's Today show X Factor Hour (our phrase for the female-centric segments that dominate the programming between 10 and 11am), the show's producers and hosts took a break from cooing over calorie-laden holiday treats and sparkly doodads to discuss something far more interesting: teenage girls, self-esteem and society's unrealistic standards of beauty. We've written about Dove and their campaign for real beauty before. Now they're having teen-friendly stars like High School Musical's Monique Coleman and singer JoJo attend after-school workshops, where the celebs — and a self-esteem expert — talk to teenage girls about the difference between reality and "an image." A digitally-enhanced, unattainable image. Says 14-year-old Kasia, "It was very shocking." For us, too, Kasia! Check out the clip, above.
photoshop of horrors