I have seriously mixed feelings about Katy Perry's new Seventeen magazine interview. In it, she raves about her fiancé, Russell Brand, saying that he's taught her a lot about inner beauty and confidence. Yay! Yay for young love. And yet, the following quote is all kinds of sad:
"I don't really feel pretty ever. Without makeup, I feel ugly. And so I would have to sleep with makeup on, or feel ugly and gross. He looks beyond all of that, which is such a win, because I've never felt that with anybody."
It's always good to find someone who doesn't care about what you look like without (or with) makeup. That's how love should be. On the other hand, her "I feel ugly" talk bums me out. I'm all for candor, but it is depressing to hear someone talk about herself so critically — especially because Katy Perry is a very pretty woman. I keep imagining a gawky teenager reading Katy's quote and thinking, "Wow, if she feels ugly, then I must be hideous." And of course, neither Katy nor that girl is ugly. Imagine this simple but radical shift in thinking: what if women, famous or not, stopped being so hard on ourselves? If we stopped putting energy into that and started from a belief that we're fine (and fiiiiiiine) as we are, what we could accomplish would be endless.