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“My skin didn't start to change until I changed the energy around me.” - Alicia Keys
Pamela Anderson’s decision to go makeup free during Paris Fashion Week created buzzy headlines and lots of social chatter.
While many called her “brave,” “courageous,” and “rebellious,” one Instagram follower said, “I don’t think we should start applauding less makeup, more makeup, etc., but rather women embracing what THEY want to do in the moment and not what anyone else wants them to do.”
We couldn’t agree more.
Owning your power to show up how you want is priceless.
As our Goddess-in-Chief Alicia Keys said on the Gloss Angeles podcast, “I’m finally to a place where I’m comfortable expressing myself however I want. NOBODY can tell me how to do me!”
In her viral “Get Ready With Me” video for Vogue France, Pamela Anderson also describes her spontaneous decision to ditch makeup as empowering – for her and for others:
“I also feel as a woman and as a woman of my age and a woman in the public eye, I just kind of think it’s also your job to be a model of everything, just all sorts of choices.”
Alicia Keys’ no makeup declaration in 2016 was not only very public, but also deeply personal. Being under constant public scrutiny made the already unrealistic “beauty standards” even more oppressive.
“Every time I left the house, I would be worried if I didn’t put on makeup. What if someone wanted a picture? What if they POSTED it? These were the insecure, superficial, but honest thoughts I was thinking. And all of it, one way or another, was based too much on what other people thought of me.”
With her viral #NoMakeUp declaration, Alicia became the literal face of a movement — liberating herself not only from a toxic relationship with makeup, but also from seeing her self-worth through the eyes of others.
Pamela Anderson described that same pressure in an interview with Elle, saying that early on in her career she didn’t have a lot of input in terms of how she looked: “I just went along with what people were telling me to do.”
Through her own skin struggles, Alicia learned that taking care of our whole selves is an essential part of taking care of our skin. When we create the space to honor that connection between skin and soul, we can unlock our greatness, and celebrate the strength and beauty that is already inside of us.
“I think everybody has an interesting skin story. When people tell me ‘you have such beautiful skin,’ for a second I say who are you talking to? Because I never did. And now I found a way to really transcend that and that’s made a big difference, not only in just how I treat my skin and myself, but in how I see it reflect from the inside out.”
Similarly, Pamela Angerson told Vogue France, “I think I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my own skin. It’s what’s inside… that counts…. beauty comes from within.”
Remember, whether you choose to go fresh-faced or full-wattage, it’s always (and only) up to you.
How are you owning your power when it comes to makeup? Tell us in the comments below!