This is what Blake Lively wants her daughters to understand about our society’s beauty standards
When we look at our favorite celebrities, it’s easy to believe they just walk around looking that perfect all the time. Blake Lively doesn’t want her daughters to be fooled, though. In an interview with Refinery29, she talks about how our society puts unfair beauty expectations on women everywhere.
“What you’re seeing on red carpets and in magazines takes a lot of effort and a lot of people. People don't understand that it's all very constructed, Blake says.
She doesn’t want 2-year-old James and 4-month-old Ines to get the wrong idea about what beauty really means. “What little girls are seeing isn’t what [these celebrities] look like when they wake up in the morning — even though it’s no less beautiful,” she says.
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. We forget that the most beautiful celebrities have a whole team of people helping them glam up for big events, so we shouldn’t beat ourselves up for not looking like that in our everyday lives. It’s an important lesson for all young girls to learn — and it’s one that Blake will try to teach her daughters. Blake says,
“We have really unrealistic beauty standards and beauty norms."
Blake is a L’Oreal spokesperson who looks gorgeous no matter what she’s wearing — inside and out. More importantly, she’s constantly sending the message to women that there is so much more to beauty than what you see in Hollywood. We’d be smart to listen up.
“There’s this awareness of what they’re going to be exposed to and what they grow up seeing,” Blake says. “For me, it’s important for my daughters to know that it’s not real life. They’re seeing me dressed up in all this hair and makeup, but they also see me without that. I want them to see both sides, because there is never just one side.”
We are high-fiving you right now, Blake!