Shailene Woodley's star power is rising with three blockbuster hits premiering in the coming months. But the young actress is surprisingly grounded, and recently revealed her unconventional philosophy about Hollywood's beauty standards.
Woodley opened up about her laidback beauty routine recently, explaining that she wants to take a stand against the unfair standards that Hollywood imposes on young women. Woodley said it was a personal experience, when she was the target of unwanted, and unwarranted, photoshopping, that made her realize she wanted to be a different kind of role model to fans.
“It’s important because I saw somebody – what I thought was me – in a magazine once, and I had big red lips that definitely do not belong on my face. I had boobs about three times the size they are in real life. My stomach was completely flat. My skin was also flawless,” Woodley revealed. “But the reality is that I do not have those lips and I do have a little bit of a stomach. It was not a proper representation of who I am,” Woodley said.
The actress said the shocking image showed her the unrealistic standards perpetuated by flawless stars. So she decided to fight back. “I realized that, growing up and looking at magazines, I was comparing myself to images like that – and most of it isn’t real,” Woodley said, referring to photoshopped pictures. “So a) I don’t really wear makeup that much anyway, so part of it is just a selfish, lazy thing and b) I want to be me,” Woodley explained.
Woodley, who at 21 has already been nominated for a Golden Globe, said she still enjoys getting dressed up for special occasions. But she embraces a relaxed style at other events. “I do think it’s fun sometimes to dress up for the Oscars or for certain events – I get to be, like, a five-year-old again, wearing my Cinderella dress,” Woodley confessed. “But for some events, where it’s a more casual vibe, I just want to be me.”