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Dove Real Beauty Productions Teams with Shonda Rhimes for a Second Season of Inspiring New Women-led Content

In the new film 'An Hour With Her,' Directed by Debbie Allen, Chelsea Harris and Caralyn Singleterry Showcase the Power That Mentorship Can Have on a Young Girl's Confidence

With Shonda Rhimes returning as Chief Storyteller, Dove Real Beauty Productions releases its first film of Season 2, "An Hour With Her." Dove Real Beauty Productions launched in March 2017 to shift the power of storytelling from Hollywood into the hands of real women who are boldly expanding the definition of beauty in their communities. This year, Real Beauty Productions is showing the incredible journey of women and girls who have been impacted by the Dove Self-Esteem Project and the inspiring intergenerational connection each has made around beauty, confidence and self-esteem. The four-minute first installment, directed by iconic dancer, choreographer, and actress Debbie Allen, follows Chelsea Harris and Caralyn Singleterry whose shared journey of confronting appearance-related negativity inspires each to embrace their beauty, develop confidence and reclaim their power.

Debbie Allen’s experiences breaking through stereotypes as an entertainer and creating inclusive content as a director have defined her as a woman of action within the entertainment industry.

An all-female crew joined Debbie Allen to ensure a woman's perspective shapes the film from every angle - in front of and behind the camera.

"It was truly moving to see the powerful mentorship develop between Chelsea and Caralyn as we filmed," said director Debbie Allen. "My experiences working in Hollywood over the last few decades have allowed me to forge relationships like theirs – as both the mentor and mentee – that shaped the way I see myself. It was a privilege to bring their stories to life with a 100% female crew beside me, each with their own stories and perspective that helped shape this film."

The Dove Self-Esteem Project has become the largest provider of self-esteem education in the world, helping more than 20 million young people develop a positive relationship with the way they look by encouraging women to spend time talking to a girl in their life about beauty, confidence and self-esteem. 

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"Dove has always been committed to creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety," said Amy Stepanian, Marketing Director of Dove. "As a global beauty brand, we have a responsibility to encourage the next generation to develop a positive relationship with their appearance in order to reach their full potential. We know that more than half of girls aged 10-17 are facing low self-esteem and it's leading them to opt out of important activities in life. In moments like seeing Caralyn overcome her struggles with confidence and get back on stage to pursue her dreams of acting we find our biggest inspiration."

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