The body positivity movement isn’t just about how people look from the neck down. It’s about how people feel about themselves on the inside — and as an Instagram post from inspiring fave Megan Jayne Crabbe (@bodyposipanda), illustrates, it’s also about loving the face you show to the world. That’s with or without makeup.
“Forever reminding myself that I’m equally valuable in both of these photos,” she writes, captioning side-by-side pics of herself with and without makeup. “[F]orever reminding myself that I don’t exist to be visually pleasing to others.”
With makeup on, the rainbow-haired British blogger has Disney princess-level big eyes, even-toned skin, and bright pink lips. Without embellishment, she’s every bit as radiant but with a couple of those characteristics people constantly try to mask, because she happens to be three-dimensional and not a cartoon.
Not that she’s down on makeup altogether. She calls it an “amazing creative outlet, hobby, and passion.” That unicorn-worthy hair of hers is evidence that she loves to experiment with self-expression.
Crabbe has gained quite a following for sharing photos of her “flaws” while discussing her past struggle with anorexia. She has posted a few other side-by-side comparisons, showing herself while suffering from her eating disorder and then after she accepted her natural curves. She has also been showing followers how different photo shoots can mask reality.
Sometimes, it seems, she’s written these posts as a pep-talk to herself, as she did a few months ago, when she decided to take a makeup break. “Don’t get me wrong, some days I just love the ritual, the creativity, getting to put colourful sh– on my face — but when doing that becomes more of a ‘need’ than a ‘want’, that’s a problem,” she
. “Because it takes me back to the girl who wouldn’t even answer her front door without makeup on, so convinced that nobody should have to look at her hideous face. I am not that girl anymore, but she’s still there.”
Honesty time - I've been using makeup for all the wrong reasons lately. Don't get me wrong, some days I just love the ritual, the creativity, getting to put colourful shit on my face - but when doing that becomes more of a 'need' than a 'want', that's a problem. Because it takes me back to the girl who wouldn't even answer her front door without makeup on, so convinced that nobody should have to look at her hideous face. I am not that girl anymore, but she's still there. And I need to show her that she has always been good enough as she is, no painting and polishing required. So it's time for a makeup break, because we should never feel like we have to look a certain way to please the people around us. 💜💙💚🌈🌞
In this latest post, she reaches out to anyone who feels less comfortable in their own skin. “I’m so sorry we still live in a society where completely normal skin qualities like acne are still shamed so much,” she wrote. “You deserve to feel beautiful, valuable and good enough no matter how your skin looks, because we’re all so much more than the outside.”
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