High School Bans Makeup for a Day So Our Daughters Can See How Beautiful They Are

Inspiring 21

makeupLooking for a new holiday to celebrate? How about No Makeup Day? Yup, it's real. Even better, it was dreamed up by a bunch of teenage girls and celebrated at their high school last week.

You couldn't get me to go back to high school if you paid me a large sum of money and threw a few chocolate bars in to sweeten the pot. But something tells me I would have been pretty comfortable at New London High School. At least for a day.

The girls who created No Makeup Day and convinced their administrators to go through with it say it was a response to the pressure put on teenagers -- especially teen girls -- to be "perfect." They were hoping a day with no makeup would help remind their classmates that beauty is skin deep.

I'd like to wrap each of those girls in a big, fat hug.

I look at some of the teen girls walking around the mall, and I shudder. They look like they're preparing for a Vogue magazine shoot instead of shopping for a new pair of Uggs. The question is why they feel that much makeup and those kind of clothes are necessary. Is it society's pressure or their parents' failure to fight said pressure?

My daughter is only 7 and far too young for real makeup. But already I'm struggling with how to explain the concept of beauty to her without making her feel pressured to reach some impossible goal.

I look at her, and I see a beautiful girl (doesn't every mother?). But I know I will one day have to face her desire to use makeup, to dress fashionably (forget one day, we're already there!). The challenge isn't in whether or not to allow her to do so but in explaining that clothes and makeup are there to enhance beauty that already exists, not to "make" one beautiful.

I'm not saying No Makeup Day should be every day, although I'd like to see an event like this in every school in America at least once a year. Makeup and beautiful clothes aren't inherently bad, but our girls need to know how to use them appropriately in their lives.

Do you struggle with this with your daughter? Would you be up for a No Makeup Day?

 

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LuvMy... LuvMySmoopy

Although I have no girls, only 2 boys, I believe this idea will not only help the females, it will also help the boys at the school to see what REAL beauty is. This is a great idea for children of both sexes. I would love to see the girls at schools in my area (Michigan) challenge media stereotypes, and I would love for my boys to watch them do it!

Jespren Jespren

Beauty is easy to explain the way I see it. It simply means 'you like to look at it'. Some people/things are beautiful because the shape or color of their form makes us want to look, other times people are beautiful because we love or like them and our love makes us want to look at them. Sometimes it's how they laugh or smile or what they say that makes us want to look at them. People aren't always beautiful in the same way, and sometimes you'll meet people that just plain aren't beautiful in any way, but generally those are pretty uncommon. But there isn't any reason to value or seek after a specific type of beauty. All beauty is nice, all reasons we like to look at people are equally appealing.

power... powertothekids

must send this too my kids school


 

MomLi... MomLily67

I  never worn much make up. In Highschol it was great because  when it was prom season, there  I was totally enahnced and the differerence was visible, as i do believe make up should be used to enhance, not to beautify.   I now have a  5 minute  make up routine that makes me look fresh all day.

Doomy234 Doomy234

I have never worn makeup in high school or after except special occasions, so yeah, I totally endorse this.

eupeptic eupeptic

About explaining beauty, I would say that having confidence in who you are and how you look just the way you are is the most important form of beauty that one can possess. Also, people who care about you won't judge you based on how you look, and people who don't care about you aren't worth your time worrying about as they aren't as mature and enlightened as those who are non-judgmental.

missusmc missusmc

It's a lovely idea, In Theory, but if you would have seen my acne when I was In High school, you wouldn't be in favor of no makeup day :).  Maybe for other girls who cake it on for the heck of it, but for those with already low self esteem due to the acne, it's almost cruel.

Shandi80 Shandi80

"I look at some of the teen girls walking around the mall, and I shudder. They look like they're preparing for a Vogue magazine shoot instead of shopping for a new pair of Uggs. The question is why they feel that much makeup and those kind of clothes are necessary. Is it society's pressure or their parents' failure to fight said pressure?"


They feel that was because of their fantastic role models on TV...television programming LITERALLY programs your mind.

Bertha21 Bertha21

I am honestly beautiful without makeup, and I believe most females are better looking without it! I wear makeup for special nights, teens should too. I don't have a daughter, but if I do I will not let her wear makeup until at least 15. When you are young you don't really need it. Makeup can make even the ugliest girl pretty, it really does wonders! Makeup shouldn't be used to make you look like someone else, beauty is skin deep.

Chalon King

Omg I would feel horrible for the girls with bad acne or birthmarks. I have a mole on my face I use make up to diminish the look of, while I would never have it removed...I def would not feel comfortable without cover up. I do not like this forced make up free day.

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