Being a 2017 feminist can make beauty… confusing.
Does rejecting societal beauty standards mean rejecting makeup? Does liking makeup make us anti-feminist? Ah!
Luckily, Gucci muse and trans advocate Hari Nef totally gets this quandary. Speaking with Teen Vogue she said,
“Just because you invest in a beautiful fragrance or a beautiful dress doesn’t mean you’re a part of the system.”
Nef added that while you can be optimistic about fighting beauty standards, it’s important to stay realistic. She advocated that any woman “define beauty on their own terms to look at the definitions of beauty that exist outside of themselves and to use those tools to get what they want out of life.” But with that in mind, she said,
“These are the tools available to us to put our best foot forward, even if we don’t always get to define what our best foot is.”
Hari is right — while of course, we want to fight the system, we obviously can’t completely avoid the impact society has on us. We do our best to find our own beauty standards, but when we can’t, we have to use what we’re given to work with.
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel (by far!), but when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her hanging with her kitty Tom or tweeting at Sen. Chuck Schumer.