Anyhoo, I’ve been thinking about that a lot, lately, because the subject of beauty has come up recently with my (almost) seven year old daughter, Kiddo. This kid is bright and observant and has a lot of opinions on a lot of things. One of them that she’s expressed recently is about make up. I was standing in the mirror a few weeks ago, getting ready to go out. CBG was in town, and I had taken the day off work to spend with him. Kiddo was watching my every move.
“Mommy, why are you putting on so much make up and doing your hair up so fancy? It’s not like you’re even going to work or anything.”
“Well, Kiddo, I like wearing make up and doing my hair.”
“You know, Mommy, I like it when you don’t wear make up and just leave your hair normal. It’s your natural beauty.“
Wow. I hadn’t realized that she was watching watching me so closely like that. In the last few weeks, lots of talk of “natural beauty” has come up. Kiddo is really noticing women who wear “too much makeup who don’t show their natural beauty”. So in the interests of encouraging my girls to have good self esteem and celebrate their own natural beauty, I decided that I need to do that a little more myself.
A long time ago my girls and I watched this Dove ad together. We were all mesmerized by it. It was eye-opening for all of us. It’s so good for girls (and women!) to get a realistic view of the images that we’re bombarded with on a daily basis.
As for me and my own celebration of natural beauty, I’m starting with my blog. Here you go, for all the world to see, a photo of me, taken just moments ago, without a lick of make up on. I’m normally the kind of person who at least slaps on a little mascara even to go out to the store, so this is a big moment for me.
My challenge to you? Send me a photo of yourself, sans make up (whether you’re a regular make-up wearer or not), and I’ll post them here on my blog so we can all celebrate together. I’ll do a post in the coming weeks celebrating all of us!