Rally to Restore Beauty
…Wow! Thanks so much for your support. Thanks also to those of you who have taken the time to share your thoughts on various posts. You’ve all left such honest and interesting comments, and in doing so, you’ve contributed immensely to this blog.
After reading your feedback on my last post (“Bite Me”) and having spent the last few days ruminating on associated themes (aesthetic surgery and the modification of human appearance in general), I’ve decided to try out a little project… and I NEED YOUR HELP!
For a while now, I’ve been intrigued and more than a little skeptical about the fact that most women – myself included – wear makeup on a daily basis, many of us refusing to go out or see friends if the shit isn’t meticulously applied to our faces. It’s become clear to me that for the average person, a woman is not beautiful as such. Today, we seem to believe that all women were born naturally ugly, and that makeup is an obvious solution to this problem.
Sometimes, life can feel like a never-ending process of attempts at skin-deep self-improvement; this quest is gleefully encouraged by the beauty, fashion and medical industries, which offer all the products and services we “need.”
Well, ya know what? I’ve had about enough of feeling like I’m not beautiful unless I’m disguised by pigments and creams; I’ve had enough of feeling like an imposter who is not as “pretty” as she pretends to be.
It’s time to say f*ck it. I’m gonna show off my real face: the natural, beautiful, incredibly flawed face that the universe chose to bestow on me. And I want you to do the same.
Girls: I challenge you to choose one day to post a non-glitzy photo of yourself on your Facebook profile. No makeup, no Photoshop, no professionally-coiffed hair. Think mug shot, people! In the caption underneath, feel free to explain a little about why you chose to do this. If you want to mention the Rally to Restore Beauty or include a link to this post, you’re more than welcomed to; if not, that’s okay, too!
An alternate option is to spend one day at work or school without makeup, and to see if you notice any differences in the way that people treat you.
Boys: Many of you might not wear make-up, but you’ve got a shitload of expectations clawing at your back, as well! Use this project as an opportunity to challenge norms in your own way – what it comes down to is demanding honesty from yourself and others. This can be as hilarious as putting on makeup for a photo or to go out – irony! – or as simple as taking the time to appreciate yourself or someone else as (s)he is when (s)he wakes up in the morning.
Once you’ve done one of the above, I’d really love for you to come back here and leave a comment describing your experience (and, if you want, a link to the infamous photo)! Don’t worry – I won’t leave you hanging. I’ll be posting an all-natural picture of myself as a blog post, along with a wrap-up of our project. :)
On your marks… get set… GO!
(And keep me posted!)