Have you ever looked at that picture-perfect girl on the billboard and wondered if you could ever look like her? That’s because, what you see ain’t exactly what you get, honey! Think, generously photoshopped images combined with the right lighting and makeup, all just to conform to society’s definition of ‘beautiful’—skinny with flawless hair and skin, minus stretch marks, acne… We could go on and on.
Thankfully, not anymore, though! With ‘inclusivity’ being the buzzword, the pre-conceived notions about beauty are gradually changing. Increased conversations about diversity in all shapes and sizes are driving home the point that there is no ‘one’ definition of beauty; from Sonam Kapoor’s ‘I Need Color Correction As Well’ selfies, Vidya Balan embracing her curves to Padma Lakshmi showing off her stretch marks unabashedly, these celebrities are debunking those age-old beauty stereotypes and celebrating those (so-called) imperfections without a care in the world.
Here is our list of inspiring people, who are embracing true beauty and breaking beauty stereotypes!
It’s about time you should too!
#Fair Is Lovely
Who: Priyanka Chopra
Being dusky has always been a big don’t, until now that is; celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra embraced their natural bronzed skin and proved how you don’t need a lighter complexion to have the world at your feet; moreover, beauty brands such as Maybelline, L.A girl, Fenty Beauty etc, aka poster child of ‘inclusive beauty’, boast of at least 30 shades of foundation and concealers to suit every skin tone out there. So, the next time someone tells you to tweak your complexion with a certain kinda product, you know what to say!
#Hide Them Stretch Marks
Who: Padma Lakshmi
Every scar tells a story. Case in point, the gorgeous Padma Lakshmi who embraces her stretch marks and accident scars. And shows them off quite often. Her ‘Hey Stretch’ selfie certainly established that nothing is more beautiful than a woman who wears her scars like a badge. Are you brave enough to drop those editing apps already?
#Women Over 40 Shouldn’t Wear Red Lipstick
Who: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
The truth is nothing ages you more than following outdated beauty convictions. Love a red pout? Go for it; much like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who has never shied off from sporting a bright ruby pout—looking nothing less than spectacular every time she did; plus, red lips exude power, and look amazing on Indian skin tones. You can choose from the L'Oreal Paris Pure Reds Color Riche Collection Star Lipstick
that contains seven different hues for every skin tone. What’s stopping ya, then?
Who: Vidya Balan
Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Period. Long before ‘real beauty’ became the real deal, Vidya Balan defied all beauty norms by embracing her voluptuous frame, making curvy the new sexy. Her empowering message regarding body positivity and being comfortable in your own skin gave rise to a more realistic approach towards women’s body types ever since.
#Straighten Those Curls
Who: Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut certainly proved that you can break the glass ceiling with curly hair. Shattering the societal stigma that curly hair is unruly and wild, Kangana flaunts her gorgeous curls from the red carpet to the movies. In addition to normalizing natural hair texture, she has also inspired an entire new generation to ditch their straightening iron for the love of retro ringlets. Now, with no dearth for curly hair products such as the OGX Quenching + Coconut Curls Shampoo
and BBLUNT High Definition Curl, Curl Defining Leave-In Cream,
life’s never been easier.
#Freckles And Acne Are ugly
Who: Sonam Kapoor
Remember the time, when Sonam Kapoor put it all out there with her ‘I didn’t wake up like this’ selfie? Sharing an image of herself with color correctors on, she sent a powerful message to women everywhere—nobody looks beautiful 24*7 and it takes an army of professional to make celebs look the way they are. Point taken, load and clear.