Dove Blasted as Racist for Ad Showing a Black Model Turning Into a White Woman

One of the biggest problems in this world is that people don’t listen to each other. We talk to each other or past each other. But we don’t listen. We make assumptions. We’d work through a lot of controversies with more progress if we took the time to see things from another person or culture’s experience.

The latest controversy surrounding a Dove ad that has been branded racist is a classic example. You don’t even have to have a diverse marketing team to see that this would be a problem. A casual knowledge of history is enough. Similarly many people became infuriated without seeing the whole ad, which sheds a little light on the message the company was trying to convey.

Dove ad screenshot
Credit: Facebook / Naythemua

How did Dove apologize for this marketing flop?

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Marissa Charles

Born and raised in London, Marissa Charles is an award-winning journalist who has written for newspapers and magazines around the world. Her work has appeared in publications in the UK, the US, Australia, South Africa and France. She loves writing about health, fitness, celebrities, true crime and human-interest stories Her byline has appeared in a variety of publications, including EBONY, the Daily Mail Online, The Guardian, Essence, the New York Post,,, and British Glamour. Marissa currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She has no children yet but is a proud – and at times embarrassing – godmother.

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