AnnaLynne McCord without makeup

AnnaLynne McCord has long been a favorite in the textured hair community. She forgoes the straight hair as beauty trend and rocks her natural waves and curls as much as possible. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a photo of the girl with straight tresses, at least on a night when she got to dictate the curvature of her hair.

And now, to up the ante, one of Hollywood’s most famous naturally curly gals is tossing the security blanket away and saying to hell with Hollywood’s standard of beauty. Before heading out on a trip to tour the Palmachim Air Force base in Israel, she Tweeted out a photo of her without makeup, blemishes and all, stating, “I woke up this morning and decided that I’m over Hollywood’s perfection requirement. To all my girls (and boys”> who have ever been embarrassed by their skin! I salute you! I’m not perfect — and that’s OK with me!”

She continued her make-up free debut throughout her stay in Israel, sporting her au natural locks per usual to go along with her au natural skin. As if AnnaLynne wasn’t already an idol, at least for the natural hair community, her deconstructing of Hollywood beauty and her adamant stance to reach out to her fans and encourage them to be themselves, imperfections and all, is truly beautiful.

After all the talk we do here at NaturallyCurly and all the people we talk to, the most common response we get about celebrities and their natural hair is that celebrity stylists simply think that the celebrities are too afraid to break the mold, to be themselves, to deviate from what Hollywood says is standard beauty. If this is the case, then celebrities like AnnaLynne, Viola Davis and Solange are some of the most noble and notable women. They serve as beacons of inspiration, empowerment and encouragement, not just to those of us who relate to their struggles, but to our daughters and the younger generation of women who have idols like these women to look up to – idols that many of us never had.

Brava AnnaLynne. We stand with you in your salute to imperfect skin, natural hair and troop support.

What about it curlies: would you go make-up free to serve as a role model for young girls and boys?

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