Woman goes without makeup and covers hair, arms and legs for a 9-month experiment

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  • Lasvegaspam Henderson, NV
    July 8, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    Modesty might be defined as the opposite of extreme, and many today are in love with the extreme. Modesty also does not just mean covering certain parts of the body, since tight-fitting or exaggerated clothing covering those parts can draw as much attention as if they were uncovered – possibly even more.

    Modesty is a virtue that has become almost obsolete today, largely due to Hollywood and the outrageous “Look at Meeeeee!” attitudes of those desiring fame.

    Modesty reflects respect for self and for others. The most accurate definition is “One who is confident and strong, brave and has integrity - one who does not need to show off or brag about what they have or do not have - one who is above materialism - one who is mature and content with themselves.”

    Many find this trait very attractive BECAUSE it is so rare.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    July 7, 2013 2:07 p.m.

    There got to be a balance point. Where your not a heathen and not a beauty queen. Nice is all I want to see. Scary is the two extremes.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    July 7, 2013 11:16 a.m.

    Red Corvette... those were probably the most shallow comments I have seen in a long time. If anyone thinks they need money or what society calls good looks to be happy.... they have absolutely no clue what true happiness is all about..... as both of those things are fleeting, and have little to do with what kind of a person you really are.

    It is such a shame so many are so focused on those things that in the end mean so little.

  • TimBehrend Auckland NZ, 00
    July 7, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    "Is this a great country or what? She can dress any way she wants to, for whatever reason."

    There's nothing uniquely American about this freedom; in fact, there is less freedom in the way Americans can dress in public when compared to other countries. You won't find the public nudism in Salt Lake, for example, that you can in Berlin. I know it's a week for nationalist expressions in the US, but not everything benefits from being hoisted up the flagpole to flutter beside Old Glory.

    July 6, 2013 9:39 p.m.

    For those who want a different cultural view of beauty, find a Navajo and ask them what "hozho" (translated loosely into English as "beauty") means to them. It's an entirely different perspective than our vain, limited American view.
    Scholars have described the Navajo "hozho" concept as dealing with such matters as order, happiness, goodness, health, well-being, balance, harmony, beauty; thus representing a much deeper understanding of beauty than that coming from the world of so-called "fashion".

  • Daniel Leifker San Francisco, CA
    July 6, 2013 6:34 p.m.

    A friend of mine works in corporate communications, and she is always making video recordings of all kinds of people. They all (even men) wear makeup so they look warm and radiant on camera.

    After the taping, the men are asked whether they want the makeup removed or not. According to my friend, a surprising number of men choose to keep the makeup on for the rest of the day because they look so good. (One assumes they are wearing the basic stuff to soften blemishes, not mascara or lipstick.)

    I thought this was interesting and showed that both genders want to look good. As for me, I'll just brush my hair and teeth and leave the make-up to others.

  • Firefly123 Mapleton, UT
    July 6, 2013 1:15 p.m.

    I love the comment by Million in Bluffdale, because it is so true!

    When I was a teen, a new make-up company called "Love" was born. They had a slogan, "Love's a little color." and "Love's a little cover." and taught this young, impressionable girl that I needed both to achieve color in my skin and cover of my horrible zits. (I think I had two, and was mortified.) I bought the stuff, and smeared it on every day. Our lockers were such that the boys were situated behind ours, but sound bounced off the ceiling, and one day I overheard a boy I respected say to a friend how sad he was that so many girls thought they needed to be tan, and how horrible it looked. The other boy agreed. That made me give a serious look to my Love products.

    Later, I heard a quote, and I wish I remembered what it was, or who said it, but the gist of it was that makeup only makes young girls look painted and older women look frosted.

    Realizing this, I wash my face and apply moisturizer. Good to go!

  • Mr. Bean Pheonix, AZ
    July 6, 2013 1:04 p.m.

    I do not envy women their role. They have to beautify themselves enough to attract the opposite sex but not so much as to get put upon by those who they deem not fit potential companionship. A very fine line to walk.

  • Miss Piggie Pheonix, AZ
    July 6, 2013 12:50 p.m.

    Feminine attractiveness is not about how one looks but what one shows.

  • Ruthey01 Bremerton, WA
    July 6, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    Awesome experiment, Lauren!! I think it took a lot of courage to do what you did. I'm looking forward to your book.

    I rarely wear make-up (maybe I will for a date with my hubby) and don't waste time with hair-gel or hairspray. I keep my hair in place with clips, one on each side of my head. My skirts are midi-length and I wear tops with at least a cap sleeve. My "shorts" are capri length. And these have nothing to do with religion, they have to do with modesty.

  • LVIS Salt Lake City, UT
    July 6, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    Strike out on your own! Great! Don't let the world dictate your fashion! I think that attitude is fantastic. But, why the nose ring? You really think that adds to your 'natural' beauty?

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    July 6, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    Saying that inner beauty is more important than outer beauty is a little like saying that water is more important than food.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    July 6, 2013 11:01 a.m.

    I say let the free market decide what is beautiful rather than socialist communists handing out kiddie soccer trophies to every beautiful thing just because... Well... It's not PC to call anything not beautiful.

  • Go Figure Roanoke, VA
    July 6, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    Slow "news" day, I take it. This story is now almost 2years old. I love the Deseret News, but seriously . . .

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    July 6, 2013 8:19 a.m.

    My wife never wears makeup. She likes it that way and so do I. Luckily she is the world's most beautiful woman so doesn't need it.What a waste of money.

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    July 6, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    I think there's a big difference between beautiful, and attractive.

    Beautiful women are as coiffed and fashionable as Shields describes. They also can appear to be unapproachable, cold, and--ask any woman--seen as objects of jealousy, rather than appeal. While many women wished to be beautiful, they also resent beautiful women (we women are a mess in general).

    Attractive women, on the other hand, may not be so "put together," but they are pleasant, kind, and happy--exactly as Shields appears in her photo. We like attractive people; they don't make us feel inadequate or wrong, but accepted and important. Theirs is an inner beauty, a sense of grace, of completeness, of honesty and realness.

    Oh, to have more women--and men--obsessed with attractiveness rather than beauty.

  • sorrytowakeyou Heber City, UT
    July 6, 2013 8:11 a.m.

    Great idea, now she just needs a hijab. Most feminists seem to have given up on their appearance. For examples, just see Janet Napolitano, Elena Kagan, etc. I think I'm starting to understand why attractive conservative women are attacked so viciously in the media.

  • Go Figure Roanoke, VA
    July 6, 2013 7:41 a.m.

    "she only wore clothing that covered her legs (above the knee), shoulders and hair" My goodness! The girl was more than half naked!

  • Mugabe ACWORTH, GA
    July 6, 2013 7:22 a.m.

    cjb: You missed the entire point of the Sester's article.

  • Maudine SLC, UT
    July 6, 2013 7:00 a.m.

    @ Tekakaromatagi: From the article, "... the Modesty Experiment, in which I took my cues from Jewish, Muslim and some Christian modesty practices..."

    Tying this article to religious tenets is not about prejudice, it is about reading comprehension.

    Thousands of women choose not to wear make-up or curl their hair or wear uncomfortable clothes or shoes. Many of them do it as a lifestyle choice and not just a nine month experiment. It is entirely possible to not buy into the beauty industry without making it about modesty and religion. And tying the lack of make-up and hair-coifing to modesty and religion implies that women who do those things are by default immodest.

    This woman buys so deep into what the beauty industry is selling that instead of making a choice to do what she wanted to do and dress the way she wants to dress, she had to find a way to justify that change.

    How sad that she places so little value on herself and her own judgement that she was not able to just make that change because she wanted to but had to seek outside validation for it.

  • Million Bluffdale, UT
    July 6, 2013 6:34 a.m.

    One day I was talking to one of my co-workers when a female co-worker rushed in. She looked different, actually more attractive. I walked over to her and she quickly turned away and said, "Don't look at me, I don't have make-up on." I left her alone and then went back to talking to the male co-worker. He said, "Rita really looks attractive this morning. What is different about her?"

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    July 5, 2013 11:19 p.m.

    Is this a great country or what?

    She can dress any way she wants to, for whatever reason. That is called freedom!
    If it suits her to wear a hijab to work and stay at a nudist colony on the weekend, or whatever, she has the freedom to do so.

    We can all have our opinions as to if it is helpful or hurtful to her life, but that is our freedom, too. This IS a great country!

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    July 5, 2013 10:22 p.m.


    "I also believe a woman who is told what to wear under the guise of a religious tenet is a victim." That is kind of random. What has that to do with this article? (Don't look now, but your prejudices are poking out.)

    July 5, 2013 8:50 p.m.

    "I won't be 'hot' forever"? Hmm, good thing beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    In my limited experience personality shines through physical beauty. Physical beauty can attract someone, but it is personality that will make them stay!

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 5, 2013 7:26 p.m.

    "...(I am pretty sure the end of the world has begun.)...".

    A safe bet if there ever was one...

  • Social Mod Fiscal Con West Jordan, UT
    July 5, 2013 6:37 p.m.

    love it. A simple truth is that a well groomed person (either gender) doesn't need a lot of expensive clothes or makeup to look great. Just take care of yourself.
    And Hutterite, I completely agree. (I am pretty sure the end of the world has begun.)

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    July 5, 2013 6:29 p.m.

    she says the words I don't believe in the beauty myth. what does she also not believe in gravity either ? physical beauty is a reality. it may not be the world as you wish it were but it is the world as it exists.

    there are many worthwhile attributes of a person. physical beauty is one, intelligence is another, depth of character is another empathy is another and so on. Rather than deny the reality of an attribute why not just accept the world as it is?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 5, 2013 5:25 p.m.

    I believe a woman who has the self confidence to avoid the made up artificial look is a more attractive, well adjusted person. I also believe a woman who is told what to wear under the guise of a religious tenet is a victim.