Pageant queen Isabella Gaines is making headlines with her stance against cyberbullying aptly hashtagged #NoMakeupSelfie.
But Gaines’ stand-up move isn’t just for the pageant set. It’s a lesson in standing up for yourself and other, and how you don’t have to be a world-known celebrity to take the first step in being the bigger person.
Iraditicating bullying completely is probably a stretch, as it has a thumbprint that has been permeating our societal makeup for who-knows-how-long. (We all had to read “Lord of the Flies” right?) Bullying has of couse taken on a whole new level of disgusting over the last several years, with social media platforms making it easier to throw stones at someone without having to deal with their pain and backlash face-to-face.
That’s what makes Gaines’ move so refreshing–spinning a negative and giving others a the opportunity to jump on board the positivity train. How very HelloGiggles of her.
As formentioned, the #NoMakeupSelfie doesn’t have to be a shining point for just the pageant crowd. Image issues–for both girls and guys–run rampant starting in your teen years and can stretch into your 20s. Everything from pimple-y skin to an unpluckable eyebrow can cause some of us want to bury under the covers and not show our face to the world. This no-makeup trend is shows that: Hey, you aren’t the only one that has to smother foundation on your face before you leave your house in the morning!
It also shows that you don’t have to be a celebrity to make a big statement. Beyonce and AnnaLynne McCord, just to name a few, have shedd the foundation on cheekbone highlighter in photos. The fact that a teen from Wilmington, North Carolina can make such an impact is encouraging.
So cheers to Gaines for taking a stand. Hopefully it encourages others to do something similar.
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