Editor’s Note: The above image was originally published on Farrah Abraham’s Twitter Feed.
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My 4-year-old daughter watches me apply makeup every day. She looks at my bag of cosmetics longingly and asks if she could put on “just a little…”
I usually give in, wipe the brushes clean and let her think that there’s really blush and eye shadow on them. She loves it.
I asked her why? She said: “Because I get to be like Mommy.”
She’s becoming more in tune with personal appearance and that actually breaks my heart a little. I want to shield her (for as long as possible) from the world of beauty, fashion, looks and all the pressures that go along with them.
I love that she picks her clothes out to wear, and they never match. I love that she doesn’t care how her hair is done. And I love that the only reason she likes applying makeup is because it’s what mommy does; not because she thinks it makes her beautiful.
On Tuesday, I read a Huffington Post article that made my jaw drop: “Farrah Abraham Waxes Her 3-Year-Old Daughter’s ‘Unibrow,’ Calls Herself ‘A Good Mom’”
The MTV reality show star took a child’s innocence and smashed it — completely.
The former “Teen Mom” star, who hails from Council Bluffs, Iowa, recently revealed on her blog that she waxed her 3-year-old daughter Sophia’s eyebrows because she had a “unibrow.” And called herself “a good mom” for doing so.
I want to find this mom, sit her down and explain to her that vanity is not something we want to encourage in our young daughters, besides the fact that hot wax and tweezers can be dangerous.
What’s happening here people?
I want to scream: “No, that doesn’t make you beautiful, girls, it actually makes you look horrible. You look like you are trying to be something you aren’t — grown-ups. You’re little girls whose hair might be wild some days and have faces that are clean and simply beautiful.”
I want mothers to say that it’s OK for our little girls to play pretend dress up, but to not let that world become a reality.
It’s up to us because we are their role models; we are their definition of beauty. And it’s up to us to let our little girls be little girls — unibrows and all.
Danielle Herzog is married and a mother to two children. Read her every Wednesday on momaha.
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