Granola Girl

February 15, 2011

Granola girl. That’s one of my nicknames at work. I embrace it, but let me tell you how I was dubbed “granola girl” — I am a vegetarian, and I wear no makeup. Before you get too upset about this, let me just say that I work in the beauty industry and am therefore expected to wear makeup.

Here is where I get a little too out of the box for everyone: What if I just am beautiful without foundation and rouge? Maybe that sounds conceited, but I am just comfortable with my naked face and see no reason to hide it. But this is just too much for the people in the environment I work in, so I stick out. I have never been fired for lack of makeup, but it has come up in yearly reviews.

Now, I am not against cosmetics completely. I have seen my co-workers do remarkably creative things with makeup, and creativity is what fuels us all. Sometimes, a smoky eye and a nice blow dry are all you need to feel sexy, and I won’t argue against that. But being totally comfortable with your looks as they are seems to be breaking some sort of societal rule. I wonder about this constantly. What is wrong with being perfectly happy sans makeup?

Photoshopped model apparently not skinny enough.

That question usually leads me to some infuriating answers. However, makeup is not what ruffles my feathers, oh no. What really gets me heated is Photoshop. Not one single model in any magazine nowadays escapes being altered. Where I work, customers are always bringing in magazine pages and asking for a particular hair style or makeup application, and we know what they really want is that model’s face and body. Well, guess what? That model’s face and body does not exist! It isn’t real! And it is totally unethical for magazines to present these fantastical people as what we should all aspire to be. What is even worse is that these publishers know exactly what they are doing.

As a teen and a young adult, I had a horrible body image. This crazy idea that I am fabulous with a bare face was a fairly recent discovery. I spent hours in front of a mirror dissecting all the things that were wrong with me. Cellulite, imperfect teeth, frizzy hair, no breasts. I also had magazine pages hanging all over my room, just to make sure I knew what I was “supposed” to look like. It took me far too long to realize that it was all absurd.

Every day we are bombarded with words and images telling us that unless we wear certain clothing and do our hair and makeup a certain way, then we are ugly. This is not the truth, but unfortunately many people believe it and end up with eating disorders, plastic surgery addictions, or feelings of worthlessness.

To all of the people out there, young and old, who look in the mirror every day and think that something is wrong with what they see, I say to you, challenge that thought! Do not flip through a magazine and think it is reality. Beauty and health is about being comfortable in your own skin, which is something that cannot be bought. And don’t let any magazine or advertisement tell you any differently. It took me a long time to figure that out, and I can only hope that by reading this I have sped the process up for someone else. Now go look in the mirror and see your own beauty, because it is there.

This post was written  by Natasha Müller.

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  1. Barbara Price says:

    Great thoughts. Wish we could get this across to more young women.

  2. Cindy Grau says:

    I am sooo with you on this. I struggle to figure out how to be myself when myself isn’t enough.

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