Gossip Girl star Jessica Szohr, who plays outsider Vanessa Abrams on The CW teen drama, is partnering with Dove to promote a new video series that will give viewers a peek into the real lives of four young women who lived in the same Manhattan hotbed as the Gossip Girl characters, while shedding light on real life stories about love, finances, juggling careers, family and friends, in hopes of encouraging all 20-something girls to live life with a fresh perspective and inspire others to follow their dreams.
"Many girls of my generation have lots to juggle when dealing with the pressures and stress of everyday life," Jessica Szohr said in a statement. "Stories from these four real girls are amazing and inspiring. They have all taken risks and found success while following their passions. I hope their stories will encourage other girls today to look at their twenties in a fresh perspective and inspire them to pursue their own dreams."
The video series, which is in commemoration of the launch of the new Dove go fresh Burst Body Wash, is called Gossip Girl: Real NYC Stories Revealed and will begin airing Monday, April 27 during the last four episodes of Gossip Girl this season.
This marks yet another effort of Dove's five-year-old campaign for "Real Beauty," which aims "to make more women feel beautiful every day by widening stereotypical views of beauty."
"As the number one rated show among 20-something women, Gossip Girl gives us the perfect opportunity to share inspirational stories from four real girls who have taken risks to pursue their own life passions," Kathy O'Brien, Dove marketing director, said in a statement. "We hope these stories encourage a new generation of women to view their lives in a fresh perspective and to define their own versions of success."