“No makeup” photos make the news about once a year, but let us not become desensitized to the power of an actress volunteering for one. It shouldn’t be a big deal, but in today’s tabloid/blog world, it is. Teri Hatcher, 45, posted 8 photos of herself to her Facebook page Tuesday, taken alone in her bathroom after a bedtime bath the previous evening. “Thought about all those damn critics of my face. Love it or hate it, my face that is, no surgery, no implants, no matter what ‘they’ say. Decided I’d shoot myself in [sic] to reveal some truths about ‘beauty’ and hope it makes you all easier on yourself,” she writes on the first photo. “Did I every [sic] toy with fillers or Botox over the years? yes. Tell me does this look Botoxed to you? Yes I am alone in my bathroom naked in a towel on behalf of women everywhere trying to make a point. Women YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL,” she captions the next picture. She’s laughing in that shot, as though she knows what a ridiculous idea this is, but is doing it anyway. You’ve got to like her for that. The next photos show her doing all the things one shouldn’t be able to do if they’ve had Botox — raising her eyebrows, which reveals (gasp!) wrinkles on her forehead, scrunching her face like a monkey, and showing a wide range of emotions. “I can be mad, or confused or sad and tired. Julia Roberts had that same vein in her forehead in Eat Pray Love. Proud of Julia for being a real woman on a real journey,” she writes.
Finally, Hatcher explains that whether a shot of a celebrity is “glam” or “trash” comes down to lighting. To prove it, she posts a new promo shot taken by Matthew Rolston for the upcoming seventh season of Desperate Housewives, where she credits his lighting for making her look so fabulous. (Somewhere, a makeup artist feels slighted.) “Hope you learned something. You create your own paradise or prison. Being happy inside is all that matters,” Hatcher concludes. “Find that in whatever way works for you. See something in the mirror you love every day.”
What do you think about Hatcher’s effort? Is her private bathroom photo session more or less effective than a Jessica Simpson magazine cover? Before you answer, ask yourself whether you’d have posted these shots on Facebook. If you’ve ever removed a tag of your name from a friend’s uploaded photo because you didn’t like how you looked in it, don’t even kid yourself.