In a world obsessed with beauty and perfection it can be a struggle for the average person to feel confident about their looks. Add fame to the equation and the pressure multiplies. Add being the star of the future of Star Wars and I can’t even imagine inner strength it takes to constantly be an icon and role model for everyone. But Daisy Ridley has managed to be one of the most inspiring and relatable human beings on the planet.
Obviously she’s gorgeous. Whether onscreen in a galaxy far, far away or at a real world press event she never fails to stun. But in addition to her outward beauty her inner beauty shines through. I generally find it very annoying when celebrities (or anyone) present themselves as ‘carelessly beautiful’ and post frustratingly impossible “no make-up” selfies. That’s why it was refreshing to see this post from Daisy the other day:
The seemingly picture perfect no make up selfie is juxtaposed with these bold yet sincere words:
“3 of these statements aren’t true…Social media is great but also a bit scary cause what people post is the most filtered, most carefully chosen and cleverly edited moments of their lives,” she writes. “And self esteem is a huge issue for people around the world. My skin isn’t great so I don’t post no make up selfies, much as I’d like to; I have a trainer urging me on in workouts and don’t include all the times I say ‘I can’t do it’ and I don’t smile all the time but I like to share the pictures where I am. But I actually do love myself, I try to think good thoughts always and am surrounded by the most wonderful people, so I’m keeping it balanced (like the Force, obvs.). Just thought I’d say :)”
I love this so much because it’s so true. Our increasingly digital world makes it easy to portray our “most filtered, most carefully chose and cleverly edited moments” of our lives. I do it all the time! But it’s comforting to know that someone who is so beautiful also has insecurities and is brutally honest about it. Maybe an actual no make-up selfie from her might have had more impact, but it’s totally within her right to post what ever she feels comfortable doing and what she posted definitely gets the point across. Self esteem is a huge issue that I don’t think gets talked about enough and I applaud Daisy for using her platform to bring awareness to it.
I also appreciate her honesty in regards to her training. It takes a lot of time and effort to be a Jedi and the fitness videos Daisy posts are awesome and truly inspirational! But again, it’s very reassuring to hear her talk about her trainer urging her on and even that she feels like she can’t do it sometimes. So relatable!
The road to fame can be a tricky and perilous one but Daisy has shown amazing grace under pressure. We are fortunate to have such an eloquent and genuine role model at the forefront of Star Wars fandom! Keep doing what you’re doing, Daisy. You’re beautiful and we love you! The Force will be with you, always!