No Makeup At High School

3683021685_2d45702beaStudents at Plano Senior High in Texas are planning a day of no makeup.

It’s called Operation Beautiful.

I applaud the inspiration behind it, “The goal for this project is to promote inner beauty and to let girls know it’s not about what’s on the outside but about what’s on the inside, and that’s what makes you beautiful.”

However, I was truly saddened  that girls need a day and an occasion to be confident enough NOT to wear makeup.

Is this the reality in high school now?

On a video made to promote the non cake makeup day  girls said it takes them from 30 minutes to 2 hours to get ready for school applying makeup and doing their hair.

WTH?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

I’m 38 years old and NEHEVER in my life have I eh-verrrrrrrrrr taken that long to go anywhere in my life.

Does Channing Tatum go to Plano?! Is The Rock a Physical Education teacher?!

Wow.

As I watched the video I shed a tear (bear with me, I’m on my period so I’m a little emotional). The pressure for young girls today to look a certain way is serious. It starts at such an early age. I always say that I have a problem with stressing to toddlers how pretty they are.

Is this what it leads to?

What an impact reality tv, social media, magazine covers, fashion, and pop culture have on our youth.

When I was in high school there were a few girls who wore extreme makeup daily, but they were really in the minority. Eyebrows were raised at them and not in a good way.

If we wanted to be daring, we’d go in the bathroom before school and share a blue eyeliner pencil that someone prolly stole from Walmart an older sibling. You might see a girl or 2 with some fuschia Wet and Wild lipstick. That was about it.

Girls today have makeup collections that would rival a Nars counter. Unbelievable.

Just a reminder we live in a society riddled with Toddlers in Tiarras. It’s a news story when a celebrity is “caught with no makeup on” as if it’s a crime.

I hope the day of no makeup is a success and the young girls realize their true beauty can’t be given to them by Mac, Cover Girl, or Maybelline.

I bet the day of Operation Beautiful many young men will fall in love seeing all the young girls in their natural state.

Drake says it best in his song “Best I Ever Had”:

Sweat pants, hair tied, chillin’ with no make-up on
That’s when you’re the prettiest, I hope that you don’t take it wrong

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