Pretty Little Liars Star Troian Bellisario: I Could Care Less About Being Pretty
How awesome is Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario (Spencer)? The actress just took to Instagram to question what our society values as beautiful, and to encourage her followers to praise one another not by how they look, but by who they are and what they do. Check out Troian’s eloquent and heartfelt speech.
“So. Getting compliments is wonderful and everyone should feel beautiful in their own skin. But I get my hair and makeup done professionally. For a job. That's not beauty. That's make up it's a curling iron and hairspray. What's beautiful is inside you. It's your creativity. It's your intelligence. Your empathy and your kindness to your fellow man,” Troian captioned the Instagram photo of herself with her hand covering her face.
Troian continued: “I could care less about being ‘pretty’ or ‘perfect’ and we should all ask ourselves why in our society that is the ‘highest’ and most common compliment we are paying to our female friends. I'm so grateful for your support. And so thrilled to read your words. I love that you love Pll and are kind and supportive to each other. But let's put this to bed... Foundation and a blow dryer do not a woman make. Rock on everyone.”
We Troian and the ways in which she uses her celebrity, and, yes, her traditional beauty -- to try to make positive changes in our media-obsessed society. And she manages to do it in a way that doesn’t attack or put down the many fans who make comments about Troian’s physical beauty on her Instagram page out of love for this actress, but rather asks them (and us) to notice what they are doing, and perhaps consider making a change. Rock on, Troian! We think you are beautiful for the way you challenge harmful social norms.
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Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on June 10, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!