In an article for Stellar titled, ‘Don’t hate me for being beautiful’ published on Sunday, Sunrise presenter Sam Armytage writes about the time, energy and anguish women would save if we all accepted ourselves as we are.
She compares women to the imperfect lemons at the supermarket, sharing that these lemons are the normal, natural ones and if we all embraced our natural beauty then none of us would have a problem.
In the article she details the constant struggle of women to keep up with beauty standards, as we try new fad diets and face creams, revealing that she struggled for a whole term at school when she had to have braces.
As a disclaimer for her article, she writes, “And don’t attack me for being beautiful; I have a team of hair and make-up PROFESSIONALS getting up at the crack of sparrows each day to make me look good”.
“And if you don’t think I’m beautiful, then you’re entitled to your opinion (but you’d be wrong).”
Of course, within an article that mentions her own insecurities, and makes the overarching point that the beauty industry is making money off the way we feel about our ‘flaws’, it’s the line about being ‘beautiful’ – this tiny portion of her overall argument – that’s been taken by some readers and criticised.
As it turns out, women are allowed to be self-assured, but not too self-assured, or else the internet will swarm them.
Wow. Hating on someone because they say they think they are beautiful. Do we need to wait for someone to tell us we are beautiful??? We should be taught to love ourselves. Not publicly shamed for doing so. What a sad sad world we currently live in. Disgraceful. ❤️ @sam_armytage
— Michelle (@Micheljoy3) July 1, 2018