Thursday, October 2, 2014

Our Fave Beauty Role Models

[As published on HERE]
We all know this all-too-familiar feeling of waking up and looking the mirror and hating what you see. We worry about showing people our weaknesses, so we build up our bravery by hiding what we think is ugly. My eyes make me self-conscious, so I use a lot of black eyeliner (which acts like a shield/confidence booster). I’m also worried about my thinning hair, so I backcomb and spray on copious amounts of dry shampoo to hide it.
There are many things we hide from other people, because we’re scared to be vulnerable. But truth be told, I just want to sit in my room in my ugly mismatched pajamas, with nary a trace of makeup on, watch Jimmy Fallon/ Conan O’Brien and laugh as loud as I want. Who cares if I haven’t washed my hair for two days? Who cares if my eyebrows need plucking?
Society does.
That’s why we at Emmagem want you to feel empowered this week and take back what you’ve lost to the world. You deserve to be you, not someone you feel or think others want to see. Here are three of our favourite beauty role models to inspire you:

Elle Macpherson
She isn’t known as ‘The Body’ for nothing, that’s what we can tell you. In an interview with Grazia Daily, she revealed some secrets to looking amazing at her age: she works out 5 days a week (!!!!), and she takes supergreens to maintain her body in an alkaline state. She also doesn’t eat red meat, doesn’t drink alcohol and uses sunblock liberally. Her lifestyle isn’t extravagant; she prefers living simply and spends time doing normal things like taking a walk in the park or going road biking. And oh, she drinks a lot of water. She told Vogue, “My best piece of advice is to drink 3 litres of water per day and get at least 7 hours of sleep. If we all did that more often we would feel a lot better.”
Why we like: At 50, a bare-faced Elle Macpherson looks better than I do with my full makeup face on. Her health regime isn’t superhuman either, it seems doable for us mere mortals, so there’s hope for us yet.

Colbie Caillat
Colbie Caillat’s first claim to fame was from her song Bubbly back in 2008. She didn’t disappear from the industry, but she was just, sort of there in the background. She was the singer with the song everyone knew the words to, but nobody recognized her face. Until she released a song called Try in 2013. Having struggled with her body image for years, she finally decided that it was time to say something, and say something she did. “The hardest part about being female in today’s society is trying to live up to other people’s expectations. When we do get dolled up, we get more compliments. When you don’t wear makeup, you hear things like, “Oh wow, you look tired or you’re so brave for not wearing makeup!” she expressed in an interview with Elle. Here’s our favourite part from the lyrics of Try:
Wait a second/ Why should you care, what they think of you/ When you’re all alone, by yourself/ Do you like you?/ Do you like you?
Why we like: Her courage to stand up for what she believes in is truly commendable (she’s only 29 this year!), and she’s inspired a lot of women (yours truly included) to step out with less war paint. Listen to Try HERE

Gok Wan
You might be wondering why there’s a man in a list of beauty role models, but Gok Wan is different. This English fashion consultant has spent most of his career helping women rediscover their lost confidence through his inspirational TV series, How to Look Good Naked. In the series, he shows women of all shapes and sizes how to look fantastic with their clothes off, thus allowing them to realize that most of their insecurities come from their own perceptions of themselves. His noble goal in life stems from his personal experience, having been overweight himself. In order to lose weight, he went through an arduous process of taking up to 50 laxatives a day, and surviving solely on as little as fruit and honey.
Why we like: his sarcastic wit, combined with his flair for cooking and his blatant crush on Gordon Ramsay (as demonstrated in this video HERE), makes us want to make him our best friend.

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