Gaga Goes Au Natural

Lady Gaga No MakeupLady Gaga No Makeup

Lady Gaga covers the upcoming Harper’s Bazaar Magazine without makeup. That in itself isn’t really post worthy. Many celebrities have done something similar. It may be eye-catching that the always heavily and outrageously made up Gaga is doing it too but then again not really. It’s not even prompted by the irony of them making a point to say she’s wearing no make up yet the images are more than likely touched up via photoshopped and some sort of make up applied anyway, you know for the lights and stuff. The real reason for this post has to do with a comment on the article about her nude face looks. Of course people will have varying opinions, some will applaud the effort and others will respond with comments such as, “WOW what a HAG! This woman (or whatever it is) is freaking scary!” it is the Internet after all. Even worse it’s the comments section on a Yahoo! article. On the Web you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

The real reason for this post is this comment;

I laugh at those who say she looks awful in these pics. There are very few people in this world who look good without makeup. I would really love for those commenters to post their very own pic sans makeup then we’ll see who the ugly one is.

The bold is mine, highlighting the part that caught my eye. The idea that someone posted that statement in defense of some of the negative comments the pictures of Gaga without makeup were receiving is disturbing to say the least. Very few people look good without makeup? So everyone needs makeup to look presentable? If this isn’t the result of marketing brain washing techniques I don’t know what is.

Even worse, the age listed on the profile is 31. If that is to be believed, then it is an adult that holds that image that basically everyone is inherently ugly, that human beings as a whole are not appealing to look at without some sort of artificial correction or highlight. Are we that far gone? Is this the self-image that we as a society hold and teach?

We all know someone who won’t leave the house or their room without some sort of make up on but with such pervasive use of these products is that the perception that we have regarding our natural looks? I say “we’ but really, with women being the largest users of make up, it would be correct to ask if this is how women actually view themselves. If that is the case and with the size of the make up industry being what it is the assumption would have to lean towards it being true then we have severe psychological issues when it comes to our appearance.

Fact: Nearly 30% of people who got Botox injections in 2009 were under the age of 30.

This isn’t the same as only slim models being in magazines in my opinion. It’s not the same as pointing out that being overweight has an actual cost to health. This is a step beyond perpetuating the idea of a perfect size 2 crossing the boundary into a distaste for our natural selves period. I suppose it shouldn’t be that shocking with $10.1 billion spent on 13.1 million cosmetic procedures in the U.S. in 2010. It shouldn’t be shocking but the numbers don’t say it in the way that a 31-year-old women believing that “There are very few people in this world who look good without makeup” does.

I’ll say this, I don’t wear make up even when I wake up in the morning before I wipe the mud out of my eye I’m still dead sexy.


Jaylon Carter

Jaylon Carter is a blogger, social media marketing consultant, former Congressional Campaign Media & Communications Director, and a Hip Hop artist who performs under the stage name Timid (@timidmc). He also runs, a subscription newsletter informing parents of current happenings on the Internet.

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3 Responses

  1. Jaylon Carter Jaylon Carter
    Twitter: IndiePundit

    Exactly my point, “uglying up” because they were their natural selves? It’s a ridiculous way of looking at things. It means that we believe that we are naturally physically ugly. That message goes a long way in terms of lack of self-esteem for everyone and is a form of society perpetuated self-hate.

    Good for you A. If people can’t be happy about themselves without make up, then they are covering up far more than pores when they put it on.

  2. A says:

    This disturbed me too(it’s from an article about how a director decided to use no makeup in his movie):

    “As if Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D space thriller ‘Gravity’ wasn’t already ambitious enough, he’s gone ahead and given the marketing department a headache by insisting on uglying up his actors.”

    UGLYING up. Really?
    It’s because society thinks like this that I don’t wear makeup. I don’t want to be a part of it.

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