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Blake Lively Calls BS On Hollywood Beauty Standards

"For me, it's important for my daughters to know that it's not real life."

16/02/2017 5:49 AM AEDT | Updated 16/02/2017 5:49 AM AEDT
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Blake Lively isn’t one for facades, especially now that she is a mom. 

Yes, Lively is a genetically blessed actress who is currently the face of beauty brand L’Oreal, but she keeps it real when it comes to the expectations on women. 

“We have really unrealistic beauty standards and beauty norms,” Lively told Refinery29. “What you’re seeing on red carpets and in magazines takes a lot of effort and a lot of people. People don’t understand that it’s all very constructed. What little girls are seeing isn’t what [these celebrities] look like when they wake up in the morning — even though it’s no less beautiful.”

The star has been open about sharing a look behind the curtain, regularly posting photos on her Instagram of her prep process with her glam team. 

I did not wake up like this. Thank you @rodortega4hair @kristoferbuckle @enamelle @lorealmakeup @lorealhair

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...I clearly don't deserve this special treatment.

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Now, as mom to daughters James, 2, and Ines, 4 months, she is even more conscious of imagery that perpetuates these falsehoods. 

“There’s this awareness of what they’re going to be exposed to and what they grow up seeing,” says Lively. “For me, it’s important for my daughters to know that it’s not real life. They’re seeing me dressed up in all this hair and makeup, but they also see me without that. I want them to see both sides, because there is never just one side.”

Off the red carpet, Lively usually just wears “sunscreen, tinted moisturizer and nothing else really,” she told British Vogue last year. Keeping it real, for sure. 

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