My latest, all natural, chemical-free, animal-friendly beauty routine.
Here’s what I got and how I feel about it.
Yes, I’m a tea snob – what of it?
I love the fact that I am seeing friends, family and acquaintances in my newsfeed with a naked face. With their spots and freckles and scars and lines glowing from their skin. With each and every one of these girls looking radiant with the same self-satisfied smile. I simply love that they found a picture of their bare faces they felt beautiful enough to show to the public and immortalise on the internet.
With all the destructive things that we do as women, the pressure we feel on ourselves to look perfect, the harsh words we’ve said to ourselves and about ourselves throughout our lives – taking selfies can be, something beautiful. It is a moment where we as women feel proud and happy and pretty- YES WE FEEL PRETTY. It’s not always a positive and it does as with all good things, have it’s downsides. It’s also not how all women wish to share a moment of confidence but for most of the girls I know, a selfie means a moment of boastful self-love and I salute that. I love to see you all looking confident when I have heard you all, myself included, be so unkind to yourselves in the past.
I am so very glad that this initiative has raised awareness and money for cancer, but beyond that, I am happy that it has created this unexpected sense of solidarity between women all over the world. A lot of men seem to be taking kindly to this too, surprised at how naturally beautiful and proud their friends and family are underneath the makeup and years of self-uncertainty. I am elated that young girls on Instagram, primed to post countless selfies of pouts and made-up faces, are seeing the older generation radiate natural beauty. You are all role models, ladies.
Let’s forget about the downsides of selfies for just a moment – the comparison, the vanity, the sometimes over-the-top accounts of girls who place all of their worth on their looks. Instead, let’s take this time to stop selfie-shaming and to just celebrate the fact that our friends and their sisters and that girl who lived down the road, have one or two moments in their life where they love themselves enough to document it.
You are all so fucking beautiful. And I am so STOKED that even if for a brief moment in time, self-worth was redefined.