Dove's Latest Experiment Measures Men's Heartbeats as They Look at Women

Campaign From Portugal Compares Models With Real Women

By Alexandra Jardine. Published on Sep 28, 2016

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Dove's "Real Beauty" campaign, which has included the likes of the much-awarded Real Beauty Sketches, continues to evolve with efforts from the brand's agencies around the world. The latest comes from Portugal, where creative studio Black Ship conducted an experiment that measured men's heartbeats as they sat looking at pictures of women on a screen.

In an echo of "Real Beauty Sketches," the film takes place in an empty warehouse, but this time the men are strapped to a heart monitor, and shown images of different women; first, beautiful models, and then, photos of loved ones and family members. Their heartbeats not only rise more with the second set of photos, you can tell from the emotion in their voice how much more meaningful these photos are than those of the models, whom they describe objectively as "cute" or "innocent-looking" but don't have strong feelings about.

The film, which is Black Ship's first work for Dove, promotes Portuguese digital platform Dove Beleza Real, which aims to encourage women to develop a positive relationship with the way they look.

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Sep 28, 2016
Black Ship Lisbon
Creative Lead:
Henrique Neves
Henrique Neves
Art Director:
Daniel Neves
Art Director:
Luis Stone
Project Leader:
Frederico Ferreira
Casting Director:
Joana Pote
Director of Photography:
Carlos Cipriano
Director of Photography:
Duarte Domingues
Post Production:
Sound Director:
Sound Station
Assistant Producer:
Ricardo Jesus
Assistant Producer:
Marco Bento
Assistant Producer:
Adriana Carvalho

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