We are all insecure. It’s just something that everyone goes through. But even though we’re all aware that it’s natural, we live in a society that capitalizes on insecurity. And eventually, the idea that we need to cover up blemishes, marks or anything that makes us different starts to become a bit disheartening. Now, don’t get us wrong, we love makeup. We get that a bold lip or a perfectly done smokey eye can put an extra spring in our step. Nonetheless, we should be able to feel good without it. And these women showed us that it was possible.
This video features Paige Lauren Billiot, Tanesha Brown, and Brenna Otts. And like any normal day, these women decided to participate in a photo-shoot. But before they stepped in front of the backdrop, they removed all of their makeup, revealing that each woman has something unique about her skin. Paige was born with a Port Wine Stain birthmark caused by a malformation of capillaries in the skin. Tanesha has Vitiligo, a skin condition where patches of skin lose their pigmentation. And Brenna has freckles throughout her face. Although we can all agree that these physical traits are undoubtedly beautiful, it took these women a long time to see it that way.
All three women can remember times that they were bullied because of their skin and were hesitant to expose their natural selves because of it. But despite their initial reservations, each woman stepped out of her comfort zone and just killed it. Take a look at how great the photos turned out!
“I am fun, I am confident, and I think I might be pretty. And I’ve never let myself say that before.” – Brenna Otts
“I feel very empowered and strong, especially for my five year-old self.” – Paige Lauren Billiot
“We all come here with something, it doesn’t matter what it is…We have to make a choice to just say, ‘I accept me, and if you don’t that’s your problem. But I’m not gonna not love me because you have a problem with it.’” – Tanesha Brown
These kinds of transformative experiences are not only refreshing to watch, but incredibly uplifting. It takes courage to bear your natural beauty if you’re not used to doing so everyday. So we commend these women for taking steps to inspire anyone in a similar situation. And if they taught us one thing, it’s the importance of learning to love yourself- not despite your insecurities, but because of them.