While men across the country are growing out their beards and fine-tuning their mustaches for "No Shave November," a religious ministry has begun a movement for women and girls to wipe away their makeup this month.
Rave Ministries, a Christian girls community, has kicked off a new movement, “No Makeup November,” which, according to the ministry’s website, calls for women and girls across the country to remove their makeup and show their true beauty.
“It is a ‘call to arms,’ so to speak, to remember the one who gave us life, the one who gave us worth, and it is because of him and through him that we are able to see ourselves through the eyes of Christ,” according to Rave’s website.
Rave also offered a YouTube video to promote the movement, which shows one girl being dressed in makeup.
“It is our hope that women everywhere can see themselves as a true masterpiece intricately and purposefully woven together by the creator of the universe,” the ministry’s website stated.
Religion News Service reported “No Makeup November” will be celebrated by girls from 37 states and seven countries, and about 1,000 people have registered to participate. But Rave expects about 4,000 to take part in the month-long activity.
Unlike “No Shave November,” which raises awareness for cancer prevention, “No Makeup November” is about raising awareness for true beauty, RNS reported.
“It’s bringing awareness to true beauty and to taking off the mask,” Becca Daniel, a team leader at Rave Ministries, told RNS. “I believe that there’s a need because of the culture that we live in. It’s just very much beauty-saturated: ‘beauty’ meaning what’s on the outside.”
But a student writer at The Auburn Plainsman, a student newspaper for Auburn University, said participating in “No Makeup November” hasn’t been easy. She said in the past she “knew I could bat my mascaraed eyelashes and get what I wanted. I was tenacious with teachers, arguing my point like a lawyer.”
Without the makeup, though, she’s finding her true identity.
“Someone can be beautiful, of course, but there is always so much more to everyone we meet,” wrote Becky Sheehan. “No one is simply one thing all the time. No single word can define a person perfectly — let alone an entire gender.”
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