It’s no secret that Hollywood holds a very high–and arguably very unrealistic–standard of beauty. Actresses are expected to look a certain way, fit into specific dress sizes, and keep up with all the latest fashion trends in order to remain seen in the public eye.
These days, though, things are beginning to change…for the better.
This new year (2017) the Pirelli Calendar (an Italian tire company that churns out calendars) will feature some of Hollywood’s most accomplished and most beautiful actresses, and they are completely make-up and retouch free.
The photo shoot is a cry against “false beauty standards” that Hollywood has seemingly adhered to since its inception, and for absolutely good reason. Actors and Actresses are meant to, as Shakespeare says, “hold the mirror up to nature,” and they can only truly do that if they look and act like real people.
Other actresses featured in the calendar include Robin Wright, Jessica Chastain, Uma Thurman and Helen Mirren to name a few. All joining in on the movement promoting natural beauty and real femininity.
Nicole Kidman (who can be seen in the new movie Lion) described the shoot as being about empowerment.
Female power is the courage to be yourself, to be able to walk into a room and be yourself.
As a young Actress in Hollywood, I do feel an almost innate sense of pressure regarding how I look and how I present myself to the world.
These huge A-listers rallying against this idea that everyone must fit into this very specific niche of beauty is something that should be praised.
Have you ever gone makeup free for a period of time? Tell me about it in the comments!