A group of teenagers at the Colleyville Heritage High School in Texas have decided to fight back against unreasonable beauty standards by appearing in public without makeup
for one day each week.
The student club, Redefining Beautiful, was started by several girls who were sick of feeling like they had to always look done
. They got t-shirts printed with “Redefining Beautiful, One Girl At A Time” and pledged to forgo all makeup every Tuesday. They got the idea from the website OperationBeautiful.com
, which encourages people to post anonymous messages in public restrooms and other spaces for others to find (example: “you are beautiful” is probably the most popular statement). At the beginning, the project didn’t go so well, according to one of the original members, Caroline Tessler. “It was was awkward the first couple of Tuesdays when there were just 12 of us. People would ask, ‘What are you doing
?'” However, since then it’s really picked up steam. The enterprising teens ordered 25 t-shirts to start, but they’ve had to place another order now that almost 200 girls have signed up to participate. And now they’ve got quite a bit of media support. After making it into the Texas papers
picked up the story, then the Huffington Post
. We imagine Redefining Beautiful will soon have more members than they can outfit. Despite my slight snark, I really do believe what they’re doing is worthwhile. As one girl explains, they’re not against wearing makeup, they are just “really against girls feeling like it’s a shell to hide in.” And this is
a good thing. However, it’s a little disheartening that going without makeup one day a week
is considered a noteworthy act at certain schools. But since our cultural standards are so fucked up—and so obscenely far from reality—it’s gonna take a really long time to truly redefine beauty, and every little bit helps.
Article by Jezebel
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * This is a small step, but such an awesome one. These girls are so inspiring and I’m ecstatic that the project has grown! I think a lot of women hide behind makeup and think that they need it in order to make themselves more attractive. Some would even say they are uncomfortable going anywhere without it. But it’s good to show that there’s nothing wrong with coming out from behind the mask – and most likely what is underneath is so beautiful that it shouldn’t be covered up! If you haven’t checked it out, Operation Beautiful
is another amazing group of people making a difference! We can help, too! We can help support these girls by spreading their message further! We’ll be continuing their makeup-free Tuesdays on our Facebook page
in our “Bare u” photo album
. Upload your photo!