One of the first posts I wrote when I started this blog two years ago was about finding strength in our vulnerability. It basically talked about how learning to embrace and accept our weaknesses and imperfections ultimately breeds growth, stability and self-sufficiency. What inspired me to write this post was the scene from How to Get Away with Murder where Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) wipes her ENTIRE FACE clean — eyebrows and all — with ONE makeup wipe (I can barely clean my whole face with two, so shawty definitely got some skills).
I still get chills to this day from watching that scene. The artistry and symbolism behind it was so raw, real, and beautifully executed that I damn-near cried after RE-WATCHING it just five minutes ago while writing this post. Whew! ALL the props go to Auntie Viola for that one. SHE DID DAT.
But speaking of makeup removal, Alicia Keys just gained a whole new level of respect in my book after reading her recent Lenny Letter about her journey to fully embracing her mental, spiritual and physical truths. And by “physical truths” I mean choosing to go totally and completely makeup-free. For, like, ever. So now she’s starting this whole #nomakeup movement encouraging other women to embrace their true beauty. [Read more…]