Girls, everyone is naturally beautiful…because that’s how God made you! Here at Project Inspired, we celebrate everyone’s natural beauty by sharing PI Girls’ gorgeous, makeup-free photos on our “Me Without Makeup” wall. So we were thrilled to learn that teen girls at Plano Senior High School in Texas are working to redefine what “beauty” means at their school with an initiative called “Operation Beautiful.” Their first task? A makeup-free day last Friday.
“I just really began to see how I don’t need makeup to be beautiful,” Madeline Milby, 17, told ABC News. The vice president of student congress and senior at PSHS continued, “There’s so much more to me. It’s your personality, your passion and what’s inside your heart.” Milby says that she would spend up to an hour and 15 minutes getting ready for school, putting on makeup and styling her hair. Once she talked to other girls at school about it, she saw that she wasn’t alone.
“A while back we heard of a school doing this before, and we thought it’d be a really cool idea to bring it to our school,” Milby said. “The goal for this project is to promote inner beauty and to let girls know it’s not about what’s on the outside but about what’s on the inside, and that’s what makes you beautiful.”
Last semester, Milby teamed up with senior class president Binna Kim and student congress president Monica Plenger to try to get all of the girls at school to forego makeup for a day.
“I think there’s pressure for girls to look a certain way, to meet a standard. The standard is being pushed through media and magazines and everything,” said Milby. “I’m really hoping it’ll make the girls at school feel more comfortable and see that they’re beautiful without makeup and they don’t need to use makeup to cover up themselves.”
The girls (with the help of several other classmates) created a YouTube video explaining the mindset behind “Operation Beautiful.” Thankfully, their teachers were super supportive and showed the video in their classrooms!
Watch the video here:
“We challenge you this Friday, March 8, to not wear makeup and support Operation Beautiful,” say subtitles at the end of the video.
So how did it go? “It went really well!” Plenger wrote on the YouTube comments. “I would like to say we had about a 90-95% participation at our school. Right now we’re trying to help out other schools that are interested in starting the project.”
What do you girls think about this story? Do you feel pressured to spend a lot of time getting ready for school? Have you submitted your “Me Without Makeup” pic to us yet?! Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: ABC News