Do We Know What Real Women Look Like These Days? Keke Palmer Gets Dragged For Makeup-Less Selfie
I’ll never forget my cousin’s second wife. Though he’s on his fifth one now, it was the second one who taught me a valuable lesson. She was a very attractive woman, face always beat to the nines. And one evening, she was giving my aunt a tutorial on her makeup routine. As I watched her, I was shocked by the amount of foundation she put on. Layer, after layer. And then what took me all the way out was when she proceeded to cover my aunt’s entire neck. I was mortified. And I vowed then and there that I would never be the type of woman who was scared to leave the house without makeup. I’d never be the type of woman to cover my neck with foundation.
I’m glad I made the choice because in today’s society we’re so conditioned to seeing women fully beat and done up, that when she shows herself, naturally, as she was born, without makeup or a filter, people have all types of questions. Is she sick? Is she on drugs? What happened?!
And to me, that’s really a sad statement.
We saw that very thing in action this weekend with Keke Palmer. The young actress posted this picture on Snapchat.
She was talking about her love of tanning. But after it went live, someone took a screenshot and the image went viral on Twitter. But people weren’t talking about the tanning. They were talking about Keke. People said she’d “fallen off,” that she was “washed.” They said she looked older than her real age. Some suggested that she was on drugs. Someone even through the word ‘disgusting’ out there.
Thankfully there were those who came to her defense, including singer K Michelle.
I’m glad somebody said it. I’m certainly not here to tell any woman how she should or shouldn’t dress or present herself to the world. But there is something wrong with people publicly shaming someone for their looks and suggesting that her natural appearance is wrong. It’s sentiments like this that keep the magazine industry photoshopping celebrities until they’re unrecognizable on their covers. It’s thoughts like this that make women, famous and not, scared to leave the house with a bare face, for fear that someone might hurl the same judgement they lodged at Keke onto them. Not to mention, women are the only ones who are taught to fix, adjust, enhance their natural selves when they step out of the house. Men can roll out of the bed with crust in their eyes, dirty, smelly balls, hair uncombed and be well-received.
And what’s even so hypocritical about it all is that the very same people who went in on this photo will be the same men telling women they like women natural, without makeup. It’s hard out here for us. So much so, you can’t even take a selfie sans a filter without people wanting to throw stones.