Jodie Anstead (@JodieAnstead) challenged bloggers and tweeps to join her on Friday, 14th May for a Bloggers Without Makeup Day. I could summarise her post on the inspiration for this day, but I’m feeling lazy and running late with my own BWM post, so you should probably just wander over to Jodie’s Mummy Mayhem blog and check out her post on Bloggers Without Makeup yourself.
Basically, Jodie has called us all to step out from behind the veil of cosmetics and photoshopping to celebrate ourselves in our natural glory.
I’m a bit late to the party since I tend to be the person behind the camera instead of in front of it. Finding a photo of me at all is difficult and sans makeup almost impossible. So, I’ve waited until my kids arrived home from school and asked my son to take a photo of me with my beautiful daughter. Not sure how wise this was, since she looks infinitely better without make-up than I do, but I like the photo so I’m going to use it.
There, that wasn’t so painful, was it?
I love that this has been such a positive, community-building event. I have many friends who just look at me in confusion when I refer to other bloggers or twitter friends. They shy away from the internet as if it’s only purpose is as a tool for those with nefarious purposes seeking to prey on the weak and naive.
I think today proves them all wrong. While there are undeniably internet abusers, there is also a great deal of encouragement, support, friendship and empowerment to be gained from being able to connect with likeminded people all over the globe. Bloggers Without Makeup has been a wonderful event – women making themselves a little bit vulnerable and receiving support, encouragement, affirmation and affection from others for their effort. What’s not to love about that?
Congratulations Jodie for setting the Bloggers Without Makeup Day in motion. You are an inspiration, as are all the bloggers and tweeps that have taken part and encouraged each other with good will and humour.
It’s not too late to join in. Post a picture of yourself without makeup on your blog and/or change your twitter avatar to a makeup free image. Please visit the blogs of the brave ladies who have taken part today and offer them some encouragement as well. Search for #BloggersWithoutMakeup on twitter for a great selection of amazing women to support. Don’t forget to add your blog link on Jodie’s Bloggers Without Makeup Day post as well.by