It's a whole new take on "overexposure"—celebrities popping up in magazines and on television without a stitch of makeup on. Jessica Simpson went naked, so to speak, on the cover and inside pages of this month's Marie Claire, and to really drive home the all-natural point, none of the photos were retouched, either. The recent edition of People featuring the World's Most Beautiful People shows eight celebrities, including L'Oréal spokesmodel Kerry Washington (above), photographed sans makeup. And this morning on the Today show, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb hosted their entire hour of the program without any makeup on (and, in a show of solidarity, co-hosts Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry, and Natalie Morales also appeared bare-faced in pre-taped segments):
On one hand, we give props to more mature women such as Kathie Lee and Meredith for going bare on camera. It's one thing for a twenty-something to be photographed without any makeup on, but for a woman in her 50s to do it is a far more courageous move.
On the other hand, we have to ask, why is wearing makeup suddenly equated with being fake? On Jessica Simpson's Marie Claire cover, the words "The Real Jessica" are scribbled like a hand-written confession underneath her photo. On the Today show, several of the women declared that they felt more like themselves without any makeup on.
We get the curiosity factor of seeing these stars without all their usual primping, but we're not sure how we feel about the angle that wearing makeup makes you artificial in some way, and skipping it allows you to be more "real." An approach like this takes away from one of the main reasons why we all love makeup, which is that it's a way to express your individuality. Yes, it can also conceal flaws, but covering up an acne scar or dark circles isn't exactly presenting a falsehood.
Or is it, in your opinion? Tell us what you think about celebrities facing their audiences without any makeup.
PHOTO FROM PEOPLE MAGAZINE