Rachel Grate
June 05, 2015 11:25 am

I for one am sick of slideshows of celebrities “caught” without makeup. Why is it such shock to the society to see a woman how she naturally looks?

Zendaya is one celebrity who has had enough. She posted a video on Facebook yesterday with some inspiring words that I’m tempted to print out and tape on my mirror: “It should not be a phenomenon if she decides to or not to wear makeup,” Zendaya says. “If you want to beat that face down, then beat it down! If you want to go natural, then go natural!”

 I couldn’t have said it better myself. While the intention may be good in praising women with bare faces, that just switches from shaming women without makeup to shaming those who do choose to wear it. In reality, the only person who it should concern if you wear makeup is… well, you.

Now let’s be clear. I love makeup, and taking the time every once in a while to put on some red lipstick and mascara. But more often than not I end up rolling out of bed and running out the door without a thought to my lashes or blush – and that shouldn’t be any reflection on how professional I am or what “type” of girl I am. Same for celebrities.

Zendaya herself has lived this ridiculous criticism of her fashion choices first-hand, and not just for her makeup. At the Academy Awards back in February, Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic described Zendaya’s beautiful hair as making her look like she smelled bad. More specifically, as if she smelled like “patchouli oil,” to which Kelly Osbourne added, “or weed.” The reason for the disrespectful and frankly racist remarks? Zendaya’s hair was in locs.

Zendaya called out the offensive remarks on Twitter in the most eloquent way possible. “There is already harsh criticism of African American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair,” she wrote. “My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough.”

So, here’s a reminder from Zendaya herself, Gigglers: Your hair is good enough. Your face is good enough. Your choice whether or not to wear makeup is entirely your own. As Zendaya says in her video, all that matters is that you “do you, boo boo. Be happy.”

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