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Kendall Jenner's beautiful response to being photographed with acne at the Golden Globes.

Walking a red carpet is terrifying.

You’ve got hundreds of cameras pointed out you, constant flashing so you can’t see where you’re going, you’re desperately trying to not make a fool of yourself by tripping or posing awkwardly and, in the odd chance you’re someone like Kendall Jenner, do this with the knowledge that millions upon millions of people are going to be poring over these pictures in a matter of minutes.

Kendall Jenner attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Image: Getty

When pictures of 22-year-old Jenner wearing a mammoth Giambattista Valli black dress at the Golden Globes circulated yesterday, there was one thing in particular people zeroed in on - the model's skin.

Peeking through the Estée Lauder ambassador's foundation was the odd cheek pimple and acne scarring.

Of course, you couldn't see these in the posts Jenner posted on social media. Perhaps like many prolific Instagram users, she'd used a filter or simply picked the pictures she liked the best. Who can blame her? It's the now standard social media behaviour we all employ.

But it's her response to commentary on these pictures that's really worth noting.

Kendall Jenner attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards. (Image: Getty)
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A fan tweeted "Ok but @KendallJenner showing up and strutting her acne while looking like a gorgeous star is what every girl needs to understand," to which Jenner retweeted and responded, "Never let that sh*t stop you!".

It's important for two reasons.

Firstly, it's a reality check. Whether it's on screen, on Instagram or YouTube, we're bombarded with pictures and videos of people with flawless makeup and skin. Some people really do have that thanks to genetics, or a strict skincare regimen, or just luck. For the rest, it's clever editing, perfectly angled lighting or a tactical filter.

Makeup can work magic but it can't hide everything. No one can look like that in real life all the time. Jenner's acknowledgement of the picture and her skin is an acknowledgement that this "perfectly" flawless look is not only unattainable, it doesn't even really exist.

Secondly, it's a reminder that your beauty isn't dictated by your ability to look like that. In fact, your appearance has nothing to do with your worth.

Listen: Clare Stephens looks back on the week she spent interviewing celebrities on the red carpet, and how it made her feel about her body. (Post continues after audio...)

In the context of the powerful statements made last night at the Golden Globes, it's a small one. But the fact that the fan's words were liked almost 12,000 times before the TV star retweeted them suggests it was a message that needed to be heard.

And hopefully it gives anyone - because acne is a thing that affects women and men beyond their teenage years - a welcome boost.

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