I’m not going to pretend to not notice the irony of a celebrity sharing a makeup-less photo as “news,” because it is ironic. Or maybe it’s just a sad narrative on our society that when a TV actress Tweets a photo of herself without makeup, it becomes news.
This weekend, AnnaLynne McCord (@iamannalynnemcc on Twitter) of 90210 tweeted a photo of her face with no makeup. Even when we non-celebrities share untouched, unPhotoshopped photos of ourselves, we make a deal of it. Curvy Girl Guide is no exception to this practice as we’ve shared many photos of ourselves without makeup as a way to prove that we are not ashamed.
I woke up this morning and decided I’m over Hollywood’s perfection requirement. To all my girls(and boys) who have twitpic.com/9h9dm3
— AnnaLynne McCord (@IAMannalynnemcc) May 4, 2012
We should not be ashamed of what we look like without makeup. We shouldn’t, but for many of us, it is shameful. To publish our naked faces, proof of our blemishes and spots and wrinkles and dark circles and freckles, we are considered brave to many. Some of us have no qualms about being public with our naked faces; other of us wouldn’t be caught dead without at least blemish cover-up and some mascara.
But when we all wake up in the morning, our faces are just that: our faces. Our families, our spouses, and our best friends see what we look like before the bathroom, so why be ashamed of who we are? Because we’re told, either directly or subconsciously, that without makeup and post-production touch-ups, we’re not normal.
So when an actress as beautiful on-screen as AnnaLynne McCord shares a self portrait of herself without makeup, blemishes and beauty and all, it becomes international news.
- news.com.au: Actress AnnaLynne McCord tweets make-up free photo
- omg! from Yahoo! Canada: ’90210′ Star AnnaLynne McCord Goes Without Makeup On Twitter: ‘I’m Over Hollywood’s Perfection Requirement’
- Us Weekly: PIC: See AnnaLynne McCord Without Makeup
Angie Lynch is the founder and managing editor of the powerhouse women’s literary community, Smut Book Club. She is a Native Floridian without a tan, probably because she spends her days hard at work on the magical internet. For the past several years, Angie has worked way too hard at building clout as an influencer in food and margaritas as well as being a source for laughable pop culture commentary. You can read more from Angie on her blog, A Whole Lot of Nothing.
photo via Access Hollywood/AnnaLynne McCord