Does lipstick taste bad?
I smiled back at her as I thought about this. After a moment I answered her truthfully "Being Miss Grand Forks is my job and like with any job there is appropriate work attire. Just like with any job you get up in the morning, shower, fix your hair and maybe even put on makeup and suitable work clothes. Fortunately for me I get to wear a crown to work! More so, I love getting dressed up and looking nice and respectable for appearances. So no, it is not exhausting or a burden at all to uphold a respectful image. After all, I am not only representing myself, but the Miss North Dakota/America organization. (I then turn to the kids) But please know that I do not always look like this! I, Delanie Wiedrich, am not always polished, poised and put together. I am all of those things when I need to be. But I am not all those things all the time. I am like any other person and enjoy spending my casual days in sweatpants and without makeup."
The kids smiled back at me, as did the teacher who gave me a nod of approval at this answer. However, this question left me thinking and I realized that there is a very important message I need to share with all those who are following me.
The message I want to share today is the importance of feeling comfortable in your own skin, with or without makeup. Too often we put more stock into our outer appearance, thinking that if we apply the perfect lipstick it will make us all the more beautiful and therefor happier. This is not true. True beauty and true happiness comes from within us. And as Audrey Hepburn said "I believe the happiest girls are the prettiest". For many years I felt I could not go out in public without at least some concealer and mascara. It was in my later years in high school that I realized just how sad that mindset is! How sad it was that I thought I was not beautiful without makeup! That is when I decided to make a change.
I believe the happiest girls are the prettiest - Audrey Hepburn
I know that I have a very important job. I am a role model to many young women. Part of that job is to look respectable and represent the Miss ND/America organizations by looking presentable and polished. But another part of my job as a role model is to promote the message of self love and the importance in finding confidence within ourselves. And most importantly, I must lead by example! Here I have posted a picture of myself in my most natural state! You can find more All Natural pictures on my Facebook page as well under my "Hello, My name is Delanie" album.
And I challenge YOU to do the same! Wipe away the foundation, blush, eyeshadow and lipgloss and let your inner beauty shine through. I challenge you to go one entire day without makeup, take a picture and post it either here in the comments, on instagram or on Facebook with the Hashtag #HappyGirlsAreThePrettiest! Tell me how it made you feel. Were you nervous? Was it liberating? Will you do it again?
Good luck, ladies! And have fun! You are beautiful!