MAKE-UP FREE: Sanaa Lathan
THE PRESSURES to conform to typical airbrushed beauty standards in the entertainment industries are being met with a steady rebuttal.
The rise of models who vary in size, the high-profile women calling out publications for Photoshopping them and the amount of women in the public eye posting pictures of them not wearing any make-up are all testament to this.
Hollywood actress Sanaa Lath has now joined the movement. But she’s not just ditching the make-up, but weaves as well.
The actress, who is currently working on the upcoming Fox show Shots Fired, took to her Instagram page to let her followers know that this summer is all about going au naturel for her.
The 44-year-old beauty wrote “Summer ’16 is Au Natural. No makeup. No weaves. (sic), along with a gif of her make-up free face.
The Love and Basketball star has followed in R&B star Alicia Keys' footsteps.
Last month, Grammy Award-winning singer Keys shunned the intense pressures placed on women in the public eye, and women in general, by choosing to stop wearing make-up.
Penning an essay for Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s feminist newsletter, Lenny, the Fallin' singer discusses her decision, a choice she credits as being one of the most empowering ones she’s made.
The 35-year old touched on her experiences of being judged on her appearance when she first established herself in what she calls “the harsh, judgemental world of entertainment”, explaining “everyone had something to say” about her appearance.
AU NATUREL: Singer Alicia Keys
It has now been 15 years since Keys released her first album Songs In a Minor and Keys said before working on her latest upcoming album she made a list of everything she was tired of, one being “how much women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect”.
“One of the many things I was tired of was the constant judgement of women,” she writes.
Keys explained not wearing make-up was a big insecurity for her and she was constantly fearful of being judged should she be seen without makeup on.
“Every time I left the house, I would be worried if I didn’t put on make-up: ‘What if someone wanted a picture? What if they POSTED it?,” she wrote.
“These were the insecure, superficial, but honest thoughts I was thinking. And all of it, one way or another, was based too much on what other people thought of me.”
Since her powerful decision, Keys has been spotted on several occasions wearing no make up and posed for magazines including Vanity Fair and Fault proving the feeling of empowerment lasted. Keys concluded her essay by saying she hopes the no make-up movement becomes a “revolution”.