Vocabulary – Dove United States - Real Beauty Sketches

A. Pre-viewing

Before watching a video about a social experiment that explores how women view their own beauty in contrast to what others see, familiarize yourself with the following entries:
  1. forensic - related to scientific methods of solving crimes, including examining the objects or substances that are involved in the crime
  2. protrude - to stick out from or through something
  3. freckle - a small, pale brown spot on the skin, usually on the face, especially on a person with pale skin
  4. cheek - the soft part of your face that is below your eye and between your mouth and ear
  5. jaw - the lower part of your face that moves when you open your mouth
  6. chin - the part of a person's face below their mouth

B. Comprehension
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Watch the video and answer the following questions about the people in the video (as shown in the photos below):

Forensic artist Olivia Melinda Florence Shelly Chloe Kela
  1. The forensic artist draws the women’s portraits on a drafting board.
    True False False
  2. Olivia thinks her chin protrudes a bit especially when she smiles.
    True False False
  3. Florence agrees that her jaw is big.
    True False False
  4. The forensic artist asks a lady to tell him her most prominent facial feature.
    True False False
  5. Shelly has freckles on her face.
    True False False
  6. Kela thinks her forehead is pretty.
    True False False
  7. The forensic artist meets the women right after he gets the sketches.
    True False False
  8. Chloe is Florence’s close friend.
    True False False
  9. In the video, Chloe says Florence has a nice cheek.
    True False False
  10. Kela thinks she looks closed off in the sketch which she helps to create.
    True False False
  11. Florence believes that how woman view their own beauty impacts how they treat their children.
    True False False
  12. Florence believes that how people view their own beauty is critical to their happiness.
    True False False

C. Words used to describe someone's face or features
The following words are extracted from the transcript, refer to the context of the trailer and match the word with its definition.

D. Vocabulary Round-Up
I. Match the words to their definitions.

II. Complete the following sentences using the words in the box. Use the correct grammatical form of the words.
  • protrude
  • close off
  • complexion
  • weather-beaten
  • fresh-faced
  • scruffy
  • plain
  • squint
  1. Something like a fin protrudes from the water! Is that a shark?
  2. She was closed off from her friends and felt very lonely.
  3. She has a much darker complexion compared with other Caucasians - she must have done a lot of sun tanning.
  4. Do you mean he is already 40-year-old? But he looks like a fresh-faced schoolboy!
  5. The neighbourhood is full of abandoned houses with scruffy backyards.
  6. If she'd been a plain girl, she wouldn't have had all the attention.
  7. The sun was shining straight in her eyes and made her squint.
  8. After years of sailing, the fisherman now has a weather-beaten face.

Transcription - Dove United States - Dove Real Beauty Sketches

[Gil Zamora] I’m a forensic artist, worked for the San Jose Police Department from 1995 to 2011.
[Florence] I showed up to a place I’ve never been and there was a guy with a drafting board.
[Melinda] We couldn’t see them, they couldn’t see us.
[Gil Zamora] Tell me about your hair
[Florence] I didn’t know what he was doing, but then I could tell after several questions that he was drawing me.
[Gil Zamora] Tell me about your chin.
[Olivia] It kinda protrudes a little bit. Especially when I smile.
[Gil Zamora] Your jaw?
[Florence] My mom told me I had a big jaw.
Gil Zamora] What would be your most prominent feature.
[Unknown] Kinda have fat, rounded face.
[Shelly] The older I’ve gotten the more freckles I’ve gotten.
[Kela] I would say I have a pretty big forehead.
[Gil Zamora] Once I get a sketch, I say “thank you very much” and then they leave. I don’t see them.
[Florence] All I have been told before the sketch was to get friendly with this other woman: Chloe.
[Gil Zamora] Today I’m gonna ask you some questions about the person you met earlier and I’m gonna ask you some general questions about their face.
[Chloe] She was thin, so you can see her cheek bones. And her chin was a nice, thin chin.
[Man] She had nice eyes. They lit up when she spoke.
[Chloe] Cute nose
[Man] She had blue eyes. Very nice blue eyes.
[Gil Zamora] So here we are.
[Florence] Ok…
[Gil Zamora] This is the sketch you helped me create. And that’s a sketch that somebody described of you.
[Florence] Yeah, that’s…
[Kela] She looks closed off and fatter. Sadder too.
[Gil Zamora] Uh huh
[Kela] The second one looks more open. Friendly and happy.
[Florence] I should be more grateful of my natural beauty. It impacts the choices in friends that we make, the jobs we apply for, how we treat our children. It impacts everything. It couldn’t be more critical to your happiness.
[Gil Zamora] Do you think you’re more beautiful than you say?
[Florence] Yeah… yeah…
[Kela] We spend a lot of time as woman analysing and trying to fix the things that aren’t quite right and we should spend more time appreciating the things we do like.

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