Pretty much all of us have experienced insecurities about our skin in its bare, natural state, at one point or another in our lives. Furthermore, we probably have also compared our skin to that of celebrities who we look up to. And who better to idolise than Oscar winning popstar and actress Lady Gaga. From being subject of a hateful Facebook group made by her college peers titled “Stefani Germanotta, you will never be famous”, to becoming a household name, and permanent presence on all our Spotify playlists, Lady Gaga’s story is the epitome of inspirational.
Therefore, it’s completely in character for her to also be unashamedly open about her beautiful natural skin. Only a month ago, our favourite singer took to Instagram to share with the world a beautiful makeup AND filter free selfie. Completely natural, she took a moment to normalise and de-stigmatise real skin.
I think we can all agree, that in these photos, she looks STUNNING. This begs the question where, in a world full of naturally gorgeous people, why do we still choose to hide behind filters? Gaga’s attitude towards being herself and not being afraid to show her bare skin to the world is refreshing in this age where snapchat and TikTok come with inbuilt features that airbrush your skin and make you look like an underage cartoon character.
No matter our age, no matter our experience with acne, or dryness, can’t we all agree that it is exhausting trying to edit ourselves just in order to be accepted? This winter, let’s make it our goal to always be proud of who we are, and celebrate our skin by being kind to it and using skincare products that enhance our natural beauty.
Lady Gaga has already received tons of praise for being so candid about her natural self – but we’re here to give her an additional thumb up, because so often, we are bombarded with picture-perfect selfies, edited with filters, and photoshop, and we rarely get to appreciate the raw beauty of the human behind the paparazzi.
With the festive season coming around, it’s the perfect time of year to ditch the filters and unapologetically be ourselves. 47 Skin is all about giving you the confidence to take selfies like this and just live in the moment, without hang-ups about your skin holding you back. It's time we all became a part of this movement and celebrated every part of ourselves; without make-up or filters altering our appearance.