Plenty of people are comfortable stepping out the door barefaced, but there are plenty who would never think of facing the world without a face full of makeup. It's easy to categorize these people into those are confident and those who are not, but both groups are making a choice that shouldn't define them as people.
"In My Skin" is a poem that tries to break the stereotypes surrounding people who enjoy wearing makeup. It explains how makeup is an empowering tool that shouldn't be judged for its use. The author of the poem, iCon, recently recited her powerful poem at the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam, and it was an instant crowd favorite.
She starts by saying, "When an asshole whose opinion you didn't seek makes a comment about your makeup, pull out your compact mirror and politely ask him or her to turn themselves inside out for you."
Addressing those who don't like people who turn to makeup, iCon says: "Your preference for my natural beauty has not been there on the days when I've been brave enough to face the world barefaced. It has not been there on the days when no matter what I tried acne and eczema were still hell-bent on leaving their mark. It is the only way I could avoid having smudges of your jokes rub off on the collar of my self-esteem."
She explains that makeup is not used to hide who you are, but in fact used to correct something you might be self-conscious about. Trust us, there's a difference. "This is not me wishing to be something I'm not, but me passing as something I already know without a shadow of a blemish that I already am," she says. "And that y'all, is f***ing beautiful."
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