The 2017 Louth Rose of Tralee, Aoife Heffron, and her fellow 2017 Roses posted make-up free selfies on social media on Monday, to promote body positivity.
Aoife wrote on her blog: “Beauty is only skin deep? Me and my Roses Sisters say it is SO MUCH MORE!!” The Roses decided to post pictures of themselves without any make-up, filters or edits to show women that it is okay to not look flawless all of the time.
The South Australian Rose, Aoife Bradley, first thought of the idea. Aoife was our Louth Rose’s roommate during the competition in Tralee. “I have fallen victim into feeling inadequate or ugly because I don’t look like a model or like a girl I’ve seen on Instagram. I’ve struggled with my hair loss, my acne and how I look in general. I still do!” Aoife admitted in the blog post. “I’m not alone however, when sharing our pictures, many of my fellow Roses voiced their own insecurities, be it uneven skin tone, acne scarring, dark circles, their eyebrows…. you name it,” she continued.
Aoife believes that the Roses are role models for young girls and women and that they should speak up and show everyone that it is what is on the inside that counts. As well as posting the make-up free selfies, Aoife also asked each Rose to give one word which summed up what their idea of beauty is, or what they think makes people beautiful. Some of the responses included strength, kindness, happiness, personality, humanity, and bravery.
See Aoife’s full blog post here