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If you’re a woman and you want something to make you feel better about yourself, go look at photos of celebrities without their makeup. I wrote about it once before but it’s worth bringing up again, especially in light of the Beautiful Like You Project.
Many of us “average” women look as good if not better (a lot better in some cases) than celebrities. Women are driving themselves insane with products and surgery and self-esteem problems trying to look like women that only look that good when slathered in makeup and retouched with computers. It’s crazy, and it needs to be stopped.
Now, I’m not saying that these celebrities aren’t attractive in their own ways. Many of them are, but they’re not these pillars of perfection that the media wants us to think they are. They’re people, just like us. Underneath it all, they look just like us. When you strip away the makeup and clothes and hair and digital retouching, they don’t look a whole lot different than you or me or that chick at the Jiffy Mart.
You want to know something else? Many of these celebrities have self-esteem issues. The industry keeps telling them that they’re not good enough. They’re forced to diet, change their hair, get surgery, all to live up to an ideal that rarely ever exists in nature. Even supermodels don’t look as good as some tend to think, and some have even been forced to get so skinny that retouchers have to add weight afterward so they don’t look too scary.
There’s no need for us to go crazy trying to look like what we see on TV and in the magazines. It’s not actually possible to achieve. And even though this may come as a shock to some, wearing tons of makeup and hair products and getting surgery will only make you look worse in the long run. It’ll ruin your hair and skin and studies show that most women only get temporary satisfaction from surgery, and that’s when it turns out right, which it often doesn’t.
Be yourself. Love yourself as you are. You’re probably just as good looking, if not more so, than a lot of these celebrities and models.