KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Media OutReach – October 6, 2023 – On World Smile Day®, global personal and home care brand Colgate-Palmolive (“Colgate”) takes a stand against
Shameful smilehighlighting the beauty and importance of
all smiles through its #FreeYourSmile campaign. This is particularly important given the proven benefits of smiling on health, mental well-being and social connections in society. The region-wide campaign kicks off Colgate’s efforts to tackle this complex societal issue and drive real, positive change.
Colgate first commissioned an independent study across the Asia-Pacific region to gain insights and inform initiatives to propel this eradication movement.
Smile Shame so that society fully benefits from the benefits of smiling.
The Colgate Smile Study 2023 found that 97% of Malaysians would like to be able to smile more freely. The main reason Malaysians say they cannot smile freely is due to personal feelings of doubt about the beauty of their smile, exacerbated by the influence of social media content, resulting in 43% of Malaysians believe that they should have perfect teeth to smile. These results are consistent across the region where around nine in ten people in Asia Pacific wish they could smile without reservation.
Regardless, most Malaysians (96%) said they would smile whenever they wanted, compared to a regional average of 74%.
The inaugural study, conducted by research firm Pureprofile in August-September 2023, surveyed more than 4,000 people aged 16-55 across eight Asia-Pacific markets, namely Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines, Australia, Thailand and India. More than 500 people were interviewed in Malaysia.
This World Smile Day®, Colgate celebrates all smiles by adapting its iconic logo to represent the many beautiful smiles that surround us every day. Colgate is also collaborating with influencers in the region to further champion this cause, including Instagram personalities.
Ta Ta And
Ming Yuewho both lived
Smile Shame but they now adopt smiles that perfectly reflect their unique personalities.
Additionally, as part of #FreeYourSmile, Colgate is introducing a Smile Generator AI tool to
colgate.com/yourcolgatesmileencouraging everyone to create their personalized Colgate smile on TikTok or Instagram, and spread the message to celebrate all smiles.
Yves Briantais, executive vice president, Asia-Pacific marketing, Colgate-Palmolive said: “Smiling shame is particularly prevalent in Asia-Pacific and this needs to change. At Colgate, our mission is to free people from the constraints of the world.
Smile Shame to truly embrace their own unique smiles. We believe brands have the power to challenge unrealistic beauty standards and promote authenticity, along with our range of products to support everyone on their personal journey. This World Smile Day®, Colgate is leading the charge in celebrating all smiles. »
Four in five Malaysians (81%) believe brands should have a role to play in solving the problem of
Smile Shameaccording to the Colgate Smile Study 2023.
Advocating for the benefits of smiling
When smiling freely, Malaysians report that they generally feel relaxed, comfortable and confident. In fact, scientific research supports the idea that smiling has a positive impact on mental health, acting as natural antidepressants and pain relievers.. Smiling is also good for the heart, helping to lower blood pressure and speed recovery from stressful events..
One of the main health benefits of smiling is to strengthen the immune system by increasing the number of white blood cells, thereby providing protection against infections.. Socially, smiling is a powerful tool for fostering connections and building trust by making a positive and lasting impression on others..
Standing against smile and shame
Smile Shame may not be a familiar term to many. It summarizes feelings of embarrassment, embarrassment, or insecurity regarding one’s smile.
The Colgate Smile Study 2023 found that 63% of Malaysians can relate to the concept of
Smile Shame45% of them have personally experienced it themselves.
86% of Malaysians believe it is safe to talk about Smile Shame, a sentiment primarily driven by the belief that society is increasingly open and accepting of transparent dialogue about personal insecurities.
Celebrating the diversity of smiles
Smile Shame is associated with different attributes in different markets, reflecting varying perceptions of what makes a beautiful smile. In Malaysia, Smile Shame is generally associated with the structure of teeth, whether or not they smile, and the color of their teeth.
The Colgate Smile Study 2023 also found that the key factor that makes Malaysians worry about their smile is their own feelings of doubt, followed by concerns about comments from others, including family, friends and even strangers.
#FreeYourSmile is the first step in Colgate’s mission to celebrate all smiles and struggles.
Smile Shame, with other initiatives planned. This movement represents Colgate’s goal to inspire individuals to express themselves freely and proudly, regardless of perceived imperfections.
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