By Molly Lauryssens
Comedian Amy Schumer often boldly and brashly bares her raunchy side, to be sure. But in her “Girl, You Don’t Need Makeup” boy-band music-video spoof, she bares her face—you know, how it looks first thing in the morning…before she’s had her coffee. Or mascara. It’s vulnerable and hilarious all rolled into one smart, fun video that, despite its self-deprecating humor, shouts, “Check me out—I’m confident!”
Watch it: Girl, You Don’t Need Makeup
Fifteen-year-old Maggie Wolf started wearing makeup in seventh grade. Not because all the other girls were doing it (they weren’t) but because she liked it—especially eyeliner. Naturally, Maggie’s mom pushed against it, “which, of course, made me want to wear more,” she says.
But after a few years of being called “goth,” “emo,” “try-hard” and “slut,” Maggie had some inspiration. “I got so tired of caring what people thought about my choices.”
“The thing is, I don’t care anymore. I don’t care what other people think of me, because I’m the way I am. I don’t try to hide my face anymore. I don’t try to fit in with everyone else. Everything I do, I do for myself. People need to realize that being unique and being yourself don’t have to be separate concepts.” —from Idealistics: A Visual Piece
It came to Maggie in the middle of the night, and it was one of those ideas you can’t get out of your mind. “I felt the need to do something with all of these thoughts. I wrote a poem, and then shortly after, I turned it into a monologue of sorts and filmed the video,” which she titled “Idealistics: A Visual Piece.”
Watch it: Idealistics: A Visual Piece
Maggie’s video went viral when it was posted on Facebook as she unflinchingly strikes at the heart of being a woman, and especially a teenage girl. She is fearless as she talks about her own journey of self-discovery. “I want all young girls—and boys—to understand that you are so beautiful in your own way, and these thoughts that you may have are completely irrelevant. If you feel good about yourself, keep it going. Don’t let what others say get into your head.”
Em Ford, too, is using video to powerfully and fearlessly express herself, to share her beauty and courage from the inside out. Her “You Look Disgusting” short film took to a trending frenzy as viewers reacted, some showing their very ugly sides, as Em candidly exposes her use of cosmetics to enhance her appearance.
Makeup on or makeup off, each young woman’s message here is clear even when her complexion isn’t—what matters is way beneath the surface. Beauty is an inside job…always.
Watch it: YOU LOOK DISGUSTING
“You look beautiful. You are beautiful. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Not even yourself.” —from You Look Disgusting
All images courtesy of Twitter.