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We are REAL Women, Hear Us ROAR!!!! #nofilterday

I woke up early this morning, feeling rather anxious… today is #nofilter day and I confess, I am seriously lacking in self esteem or perhaps just vain, but I don’t ever let any of you see photo’s of me unmade up and wild. I logged onto Instagram to check if anyone had posted their first morning selfie and low and behold, so many brave women were posting their first morning, unfiltered pics, so I took a deep breath and shared mine!

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Yep, that’s me, just having crawled out of bed, my hair looking wild and totally unmade up. Then I waited for the comments I was sure would rip my little self esteem to shreds and instead I learned a lesson. The lesson is that we are so much more critical of ourselves than anyone else is. While there were some giggles about my 80’s hair metal band/bed head, everyone commented on my skin, which really surprised me. I never really thought I had good skin, I battled with severe acne in my late teens and resorted to medication and two very painful chemical peels to get it cleared up. I loved the comments about how I looked good for my 41 years of age and in the end, instead of it being an exercise in self loathing, the picture actually boosted my confidence and made me see myself in a different light.

So many mom’s have participated and by 8am this morning, #nofilter day was trending in South Africa! How awesome! All these brave women putting themselves out there to let the world (of Twitter) see what real women look like!

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Here are some of my first thing in the am favourite selfies from other brave women out there:

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#nofilterday has created a sense of community and camaraderie and I think it’s been a great exercise for everyone participating. It’s not to late, there is still a looong day ahead if you’d like to join in the fun. Simply share your pictures on Instagram and Twitter, unfiltered and of course of things you wouldn’t normal let the online world see!

Put on your brave face and your big girl panties and come join in the fun!

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24 Comments

  • Reply NickiD

    I’ve got to say, it’s a huge lesson in understanding the way we treat ourselves … badly! Thank you for inspiring us to do this, Sharon! I’m loving every crazy-haired, puffy-eyed moment 🙂 x

    November 1, 2013 at 9:52 am
    • Reply Sharon

      I think it’s fabulous! It’s really levelled the playing fields, we’re all just the same bundles of insecurities wrapped in different packaging at the end of the day. I was really scared to do this but now I’m loving it, quite liberating!

      November 1, 2013 at 9:59 am
  • Reply cat@jugglingact

    Oh yeah! I am loving it. I forgot it first thing this morning but have now shared. Thanks for the initiative

    November 1, 2013 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Charlene (@MsCharlieW)

    This is so cool! I think you all look great! Jeepers, I don’t see any undereye bags 🙂 Maybe I’ll have the guts to join in next year.

    November 1, 2013 at 10:05 am
  • Reply cupcakemummy

    best. idea. ever

    November 1, 2013 at 10:09 am
  • Reply Coco

    Yikes if I looked as good in the morning I will sleep, in get up, change underwear, brush teeth and go to work!! Hells bells I will scare you all to death if you see me first thing in the morning.

    Oh Sharon, I know it is a typo but being no filter day “Pig” girl panties may have a whole new meaning!

    November 1, 2013 at 10:12 am
    • Reply Sharon

      Bwahahahahahaha! Perhaps that’s my internal dialogue making a Freudian slip!

      November 1, 2013 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Katherine Van Der Walt

    I missed all the twitter stuff but just wanted to add that I also think you look incredible for just woken up, no make-up. Way younger than 41!!!

    November 1, 2013 at 10:18 am
    • Reply Sharon

      #nofilterday is the entire day, search the # and come join in the fun & honesty!

      November 1, 2013 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Mrssee

    Sharon I think you can very easily get away with no make up! I think you look great! In fact…….dare I say it ……. I prefer the natural look!!!!

    November 1, 2013 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Sian

    I reckon you all look pretty dam good. I am actually disappointing that I didn’t participate this morning, but I will if the opportunity comes up later today.

    November 1, 2013 at 10:37 am
  • Reply wannabepoet

    You look absolutley beautiful 🙂 I also did a #nofilterday post, linking it to yours and cupcakemummy’s blogs – I was so nervous to post my pics, definitely not the most flattering, but I’m so glad that I’ve participated 🙂 http://wannabepoet.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/nofilterday/

    November 1, 2013 at 11:17 am
  • Reply Kathy

    Don’t shoot me…but I think you could very easily get away with less makeup! I think you have beautiful skin and eyes and most certainly don’t need to cover up your natural look.

    November 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm
  • Reply Ailsa Porter

    You are beautiful even more beautiful without your make-up! I can’t believe you hide!

    November 2, 2013 at 4:42 pm
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