I don’t know whether there is an unusual focus on appearance and they way you dress in other parts of the world. Here in Norway there is an extreme pressure on women to fit in the society and there is an expectation that you should put make-up on and dress according to the society codes. I think that the people are putting to much pressure on one another in trying to look perfect and there is no room for just being yourself. This is an aspect that I don’t like about our culture. I believe that you must have a special appearance to be accepted and to fit in.
There is some situation where you must thing about what kind of clothes you put on and how you appear. I work in the clothing store and it is part of my job to dress and appear in a special way. This is part of my job and I accept that I must do that when I’m working. Of course, it is different for me when I’m just taking a coffee with my friends because then I can have a more relaxed look. Still I can feel a bit stressed if I go outside without any make-up on because I’m afraid of what other people might think of me and that they maybe will judge me for not wearing any make-up. In Norway many people are taking fashion very seriously and therefor many people expect you to do the same. In Brazil, my home country, we use a little bit of make-up but not so much as we do here in Europe.
For maybe a week ago, I did something that really took me out of my comfort-zone. I started to go the supermarket and the gym without any make-up on and it was a bit frightening because I felt like I was naked. But also very nice to not having to think and stress about putting make-up on just for going to buy grocery. After doing so for a while my stress level decreased regarding going out without make-up.
I think that how you dress and how much make-up you put on should be related to your personality and your lifestyle. Off course, if you want to you should have the ability to do it but not just because you feel that you have to. Taking myself as an example, I like to put make-up on when I’m going to a party but I do like to challenge myself sometimes and that is how I can grow and accept myself as I am.
Today, I’m going to show to the whole world how I look like with and without make-up. I know that this can be really hard for many women because we tend to feel uncomfortable when we reveal all our imperfections. But now I want to show to the whole world that I am not perfect just like no one is, and the fact that I also have my imperfections.
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When I edited the picture I did not have WordPress so the words are in Norwegian on the pictures but I translated it for you above. 🙂
I hope you understood my message and that you will share your opinions and how it is in your country/city. I think it is an interesting topic and it is something that is not discussed so much but rather just expected that you do it. Besides, I think that women expect more of other women than men expect of us when it comes to make-up. But don’t get me wrong it is always nice to put some extra make-up on for special occasions but you should not feel forced to do it.