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This Week on A Healthier Charlotte: The Naked Face Project

Posted on 28 Mar 2012 by Bobby DeMuro

This week on A Healthier Charlotte, we examine The Naked Face Project.

A movement started by Molly Barker and Caitlin Boyle, The Naked Face Project began as a challenge between the two women to go 60 days without make-up, primping, or other beauty needs to better understand the cultural expectations surrounding beauty and gender in America.

We had a fascinating discussion about all of that, and more, on the show this week, surrounding beauty, culture, and the expectations placed upon young men and women to fit in.

Our guests this week on the show:

Molly Barker, Founder, The Naked Face Project

Dr. Amy Combs, Licensed Psychologist, Charlotte Center for Balanced Living

Kelly Finley, MA, Women’s and Gender Studies, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Plus, a brand new segment from Kelly Davis of Foodie Fresh — she’s showing us simple, easy, and healthy meals from home for those times when you just don’t have enough time to make something complicated!

What about you at home? Do you feel the pull of cultural expectations surrounding beauty standards? How does our society and culture play in to how you present yourself, or hide your flaws?

Got questions or comments? Lay ‘em out below — or connect with me on Facebook or Twitter.


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  2. elaine 28 Mar 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Came away very impressed with all three women… Good for them to be such strong examples and it was really awesome to hear a great example of women who know not only what they’re talking about, but why it’s all important. Love it. And love this movement by Molly. She’s a real find! Great for this community!

  3. Ryan 28 Mar 2012 at 9:50 PM

    as a man, i don’t ever really feel the beauty expectations in society (or i don’t think i do), but i sure can imagine it for women. i see them go through what they go through and often wonder (regarding makeup and “primping” as you say). I will say, though, I have a feeling in talking to women that many of them do it for other women — not men, you know? Am I wrong?

    • Bobby 31 Mar 2012 at 3:05 PM

      Ryan, I’m no expert on women (ha) but I know what you mean — I’ve heard that too. I wonder if there are studies behind women’s use and reasons for using make up — be interesting to see!

  4. Lydia M. 29 Mar 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Molly Barker!!! You are my new hero! This is so cool. I’m a 27 year old woman and I know that so much of this beauty pressure is pressure we put on ourselves, and not pressure from others. I also agree with Kelly that men are actually part of the solution more than we’d probably like to give them credit for (and it might be us goofy women who are part of the problem). I’ve done no-make up before, but it is great to see leaders and thought leaders and influencers doing this stuff. I love you guys! Thank you so much for being so cool!

  5. Kally 29 Mar 2012 at 1:03 PM

    This is great! I just don’t know if I could ever do it. I love wearing make up. I know that makes me weird, I guess, but I just love it! Seriously though, Molly, you are one strong woman — good for you :)

  6. Bobby 29 Mar 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Very glad you all liked it so much! Thanks for watching and getting involved!

  7. Jayden 30 Mar 2012 at 2:54 PM

    This is so cool! And Molly, you look absolutely stunning without makeup :) Good for you :)

  8. Jo McGregor 30 Mar 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Wonderful! I have a 19 year old daughter and I will be challenging her to do this with me, maybe we can learn something about ourselves and live more intentionally, as Molly says. Great show idea, Bobby.

    • Hank 1 Apr 2012 at 1:43 PM

      I too have a teenage daughter. I’m going to have to show this to her. I don’t know if she’ll do it but I know that I don’t wear any makeup. LOL

  9. Jen 30 Mar 2012 at 7:28 PM

    This is great. I feel, truthfully, quite a bit of pressure to wear make up, and do my hair, and more. I wish, though, that you guys would have involved an African-American woman on the panel. Being Af-Am myself, I think there are unique problems (situations?) we face that are different from white woman, though no less or no more problematic — just unique — regarding beauty. Who’s with me?

    • Bobby 31 Mar 2012 at 3:06 PM

      Jen, that’s a great idea and something I wish we’d done. Thank you for that feedback — that’s really valuable!

  10. Nahayla 31 Mar 2012 at 2:35 PM

    This is great! I love taking challenges and I am in! Is there anywhere we can sign up or anything on that Naked Face Project site?

  11. Kiran_Samp 1 Apr 2012 at 12:18 AM

    60 days! No shot. NO way I could do that. What do you think about all that natural-looking invisible make up stuff? There is so much technology nowadays for a lot of this — women can get done up without looking so done up any more… not sure if it would make a difference…

    • Loren 2 Apr 2012 at 11:45 AM

      I think that would make a huge difference! I love my makeup and I just don’t know if I can give it up. Old force of habit, I suppose.….

      • Bobby 3 Apr 2012 at 6:43 PM

        It’s all about intentional action! I think it would make a huge difference — just think of all the people around you who, in some way, look up to you! Everything makes a difference — and even little things make a bigger difference than what we’d like to admit to ourselves…

  12. Marie McDorman 4 Apr 2012 at 1:01 PM

    I love this so much. I’ve watched it twice. Molly, your energy inspires me and I love that you have found such a positive niche in a world of negative junk :) Keep it up girl, and you’re looking GOOD! 😉

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  14. Lavonne 6 Apr 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Such a well-spoken panel, Molly you are awesome. Now that you’re done, what’s next for you? What is the thing you guys mentioned about bullying?