Can you believe itâ€™s been nearly seven months since we wrapped up The Naked Face Project? I certainly canâ€™t.
The Naked Face Project was a sixty-day challenge to give up all forms of feminine primping â€“ I went two months without wearing any makeup, jewelry, fancy clothes or high heels; I stopped shaving entirely; and I even gave up deodorant for a few weeks (and then I realized that deo is most definitely a hygiene product and not a beauty product).
The thought process behind TNFP is explained in depth here, and I encourage you to read the original post, but basically, the Project was not necessarily a commentary on the habits themselves â€“ I wanted to discover why I engaged in these habits and how I would feel if I didnâ€™t. At the end of the project, I immediately jumped in the shower and shaved my legs. But seven months later, I havenâ€™t returned to wearing daily makeup. The project was extremely freeing for me and really helped me feel even more comfortable in my own skin. Sometimes I put on makeup for special occasions, but I usually donâ€™t, and even if I look â€˜betterâ€™ with makeup on, I prefer my life this way. I never even think twice about posting less-than-flattering photos of myself on the blog because â€“ heck â€“ itâ€™s what I really look like sometimes! Just trying to keep it real. Thus, in general, my outlook really hasnâ€™t changed since I wrote my conclusion post.
But what I really wanted to talk about in this post was how two women, Kate and Krisula, at Whitworth University used The Naked Face Project concept to drive discussion and encourage a more positive outlook about beauty on their college campus. I spoke at the college on last night to kick the week off, and for the next six days, hundreds of students have pledged to go makeup-free. The school is also hosting a panel discussion called â€œThe Guy Panelâ€ in which ten men will take questions from the audience, discuss how they feel about makeup, and share their feelings on the pressures they feel as men to look and act a certain way (I LOVE that they are getting men involved).
The coolest part about Whitworth Universityâ€™s project is their amazing Facebook page. On it, they have posted over 120 photos taken by a student photographer named Tanner of students with half-naked and half-makeup/Photoshopped faces. The images are so striking, and I asked if I could repost a few of Tannerâ€™s photos on the blog. I hope you enjoy them â€“ I found them so interesting to look at.
In conclusion, I really admire Kate and Krisula for taking The Naked Face Project concept and running with it. Theyâ€™ve gotten a huge portion of their campus involved and created some really interesting dialogue with various student groups.
And isnâ€™t that what itâ€™s really all about? Talking, sharing, discovering, exploring!