It’s been taken up by celebrities like Alicia Keys, Cameron Diaz and Lady Gaga.
Now the #NoMakeUp movement has hit Newcastle.
Alex Morris, 29, is giving $5 a photo to the charity One Girl for the first 100 photos she receives from females who are makeup free, or not wearing a bra, or who have hairy underarms.
She’ll also accept photos from men wearing makeup.
She has 64 photos so far, but she’s aiming for 120 in total. The photos have been posted on her Facebook page, No Makeup Nofember.
“It’s about shaking up the status quo and celebrating doing things a little bit differently,” said Alex, who lives in Newcastle.
The concept was based around challenging cultural norms, feminism and gender expectations.
“Ultimately it’s about raising money for a good cause. That’s the number one thing,” she said.
The One Girl charity works to keep girls in school in Africa.
Alex said she was not anti-makeup.
“It’s more about embracing the idea that men should be able to wear makeup without people batting an eyelash and it’s OK if women don’t want to wear it,” she said.
Alex was inspired by the #NoMakeUp selfies of singer Alicia Keys on Instagram.
“In most of her photos on Instagram, she’s embracing the natural look – which is exciting,” she said.
The 35-year-old singer and 15-time Grammy winner published an essay in May, saying she no longer wanted to feel compelled to wear makeup.
“I don't want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing,” she wrote.
She said on the US Today show that “society puts limitations on us”.
“And in a lot of ways, I'm sick of it. It would be so amazing to just embrace each other how we are. I think the most important thing is, you do what feels good for you.”
Her comments started a #NoMakeUp movement online. Actress Cameron Diaz posted a picture of herself with no makeup, saying: “I want to talk about one of the biggest taboos in our society. Ageing. I feel like ageing has gotten a bad rap”.
“Learning that you can age well, will actually help you to age better. If you understand how your body works then you can take action to help keep it in the best possible condition, so it can carry you through a long and beautiful life.”
Topics doesn’t wear makeup or bras. We could send Alex a picture of our hairy underarms. But one thing we won’t be doing is sending her a picture of ourselves wearing clown makeup. Send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we’re on the subject of bras, Herald photographer Simone De Peak came across a bra attached to a car antenna in West Wallsend.
Simone posted the image on Instagram under the handle @simonedepeak, with the comment “Daily life in Lake Macquarie: Tune in Tokyo”.
We have no idea why the bra is attached to the antenna. Is it a feminist statement? Is it a symbol of a conquest, or someone with a bra obsession? Could it be simply for a practical reason, like improving radio reception?
Merewether’s David Barrow sent us a classified advertisement from an old newspaper. It was about The Hexham Coursing Club holding weekly greyhound races. “Plenty of good rabbits to hand and a good afternoon’s sport is assured,” it said.