White Woman Brie Larson Doesn’t Believe There Is A Beauty Standard

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In a recent interview with W Magazine, actress Brie Larson talked about her beauty routine and her relationship to beauty. When asked about what she would say to young women who are struggling with their relationship to beauty standards and don’t see themselves represented by beauty brands and fashion magazines, Larson responded:

“I don’t believe that there is a beauty standard. I struggled with feeling ugly and like an outcast for so much of my life. And so I really, really feel for that.”

It’s almost a kick in the chest that Larson’s response to women who struggle to see themselves represented as beautiful is to act as if those beauty standards don’t really exist, just because she, too, has felt ugly. Equating the personal insecurities she’s experienced as a thin, white, and heterosexual woman with the dehumanization and violence experienced by people who do not meet racist, fatphobic, and otherwise oppressive beauty standards is certainly a…. bold choice.

“What breaks my heart is to think of people in the world who don’t feel that they have safety within their own bodies. That, to me, is my ultimate goal in life: to do whatever it is that I can so people have the freedom to express themselves and be exactly who it is that they want to be—whatever that is—knowing that that can also change.”

Although it’s nice to hear that Larson wants to support people being who they want to be, using such vague and apolitical language is actually unhelpful. How can she even begin to help people “have the freedom to express themselves” when she doesn’t even understand the significance of beauty standards—standards that are not random and subjective, but that position whiteness and Eurocentric features as the epitome of beauty. And being deemed more desirable (by more closely meeting white beauty standards) isn’t just about your dating possibilities, it affects everything from whether you get hired at a job to whether someone will rent you an apartment.

Although aspects of beauty are always left up to the preferences of an individual, beauty standards are deeply political. [W Magazine]


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Brie Larson Doesn’t Believe In Beauty Standards Anymore After Overcoming ‘Feeling Ugly’ Struggles

Brie Larson got candid in her recent interview and shared her insecurities and past struggles because she felt “like an outcast.”

The “Captain Marvel” star spoke with W Magazine to promote her partnership with Decorté, a Japanese beauty brand. During the interview, she recounted her insecurities in relation to Hollywood beauty standards when asked what she would say to young women who are having a hard time keeping up with the standards of beauty, or those who feel they aren’t represented by beauty brands and magazines.

“I don’t believe that there is a beauty standard. I struggled with feeling ugly and like an outcast for so much of my life. And so I really, really feel for that,” Larson shared.

“It took me a long time to be able to be totally comfortable with myself. The thing that has brought me solace is knowing that I can be whoever I want to be with myself,” she continued.

“What breaks my heart is to think of people in the world who don’t feel that they have safety within their own bodies. That, to me, is my ultimate goal in life: to do whatever it is that I can so people have the freedom to express themselves and be exactly who it is that they want to be—whatever that is—knowing that that can also change.”

The Oscar-winning actress shared her audition story on YouTube in August. In the clip, she talked about the failed auditions she did over the years.

Larson auditioned for “Gossip Girl,” “Hunger Games,” “Tomorrowland” and even for the new “Star Wars” movies but didn’t score the roles she was interested in doing. She added that she also auditioned for Disney Channel Original Movie’s “Smart House” and she was close to getting it because in the final stage, it was down to her and another actress. However, she didn’t get it again, and she felt that it was a “big bummer.”

At this point in her life, Larson is already happy and satisfied. In her interview with W Magazine, she also talked about self-care. The lockdown has taught her to set boundaries between work and herself. The “Avengers: Endgame” star said that she would slow things down when the sun starts to set because that’s her cue to start cooking dinner or go into her garden.

“For me, it’s about what can I do that is transitional out of work into decompressing time, because when you’re at home all day I feel it’s very easy to let everything stick and hang on to you. It’s about knowing what’s the routine and what’s the ritual to get out of that,” she said.

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