To be beautiful means to accept yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. – Thich Nhat Hanh
You will have seen all the bare faced selfies going around on Facebook to help raise funds for Breast Cancer.
This has raised over a million pounds in additional funds to help beat a hideous disease. An amazing achievement!
Lets take a moment to reflect on how we are progressing against this disease.
Half of the people diagnosed with cancer now survive their disease for at least five years.
Cancer survival rates in the UK have doubled in the last 40 years.
Three-quarters of children are now cured of their disease, compared with around a quarter in the late 1960s.
So on this level it has been fantastic.
What has also been fascinating has been the almost apologetic tone from women about having their photos published without make up. You sense this underlying feeling that to be perfect, acceptable and accepted we must only present ourselves fully made up.
I was asked by Ditch The Diet as one of it’s coaches to go 5 days without make up and photograph myself morning, noon and night to evidence this. I must confess I gulped on reading this request (not least because I don’t like having my photo taken). I was scared. I have not presented myself in public without make up since I was 16.
I don’t wear make up on sundays these days as generally pottering around my home and it’s good to let your skin breathe. However as soon as I leave home you can guarantee make up will be applied.
Make up is great, I love playing with it for different looks and for if I need a little confidence boost but I feel it’s a sad reflection of me if I have to rely on it to function with any confidence.
So I agreed to be sponsored to do this. It will raise funds for a fab cause and hopefully show that we can go out and just be.
Here is the link if you wish to show support and donate:
The coaches and I will be going from Monday – Friday this week without make up.
Here is the first of my make up free selfies