Celebrities sans Makeup: Why is it a big deal and the effect on teenagers
With the paparazzi following celebrities’ every move, it’s no wonder that these days, celebrities strive to look their best all the time, even if it’s just to grab a coffee or a visit to the supermarket. When stars are snapped looking makeup free, magazines compile images to create front cover stories and articles blaring the title of ’shocking faces’ of celebrities without makeup. They also always seem to choose to print the most unflattering of the images captured, don’t they?
It’s apparent that there is pressure to look perfect when out in public when you’re a celebrity, unless you are confident within and don’t concern yourself with what the media may say about you.
However, it’s evident that there has been a move to embrace ones natural beauty with initiatives by magazines by declaring whether an image has been Photoshopped (Girlfriend Magazine) and the much talked about Jennifer Hawkins’ makeup free cover and photo shoot for Marie Claire Magazine Australia’s 150th issue in 2008 as a part of the SunSmart Campaign. The enormity of such a move to go makeup free is highlighted by the coverage that this edition of the magazine received, not for the SunSmart Campaign, but for the shock, that for the first time, a star has chosen to go makeup free.
The self esteem and self image of teenagers is so fragile and can easily be affected, especially by the media through the portrayal of celebrities and personalities. I strongly believe that it’s a great start for the community to embrace natural beauty and to demonstrate that ‘real people’ don’t necessary look like those in the images published in beauty or fashion magazines and that it is okay to not wear makeup every day, if at all (especially in the case of teenagers) as makeup does not define whether a person is deemed beautiful or not and nor should it.
In light of this, I’ve compiled a short list of celebrities from a wide range of ages that have been spotted numerous times embracing going make up free.
What are your thoughts on the subject? Do you think celebrities should embrace going makeup free and do they look better with or without makeup? Leave a comment below!
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