During this Olympics it seemed like there was a lot of talk about what the female athletes were wearing and how they looked. A few stories popped up about female athletes wearing makeup during competition. Shannon Rowbury Team USA 2 time Olympian) made headlines running with her bright red lipstick.
“You can be a strong, athletic, courageous woman and you can wear lipstick,” Rowbury said. “I like being able to be all those things or try to help inspire young women to be all those things. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. It’s a form of expression, especially in track and field where my uniform is provided by my sponsor (or the USOC). I basically have my uniform and my shoes and there’s not a lot of expression that’s allowed and there aren’t many ways to show your personality. (source)
Some women thought this was great, some women could care less and others thought it was another way of caving in to our misogynistic society.
All of this got me thinking about my own thoughts about wearing makeup. I am wondering how all of you feel about the subject?
Wearing Makeup While Working Out-Do or Don’t?
At the risk of sounding vain, I am going to lay it all out there. When I am running or working out in the gym, it’s my “me time”. I feel good about myself when I am sweating it out. When I wear clothes that I feel good in, I feel good. I like to express my personality through my style. Wearing eyeliner, mascara and a little lip gloss yep that makes me feel good too. I am not one of those people who wakes up bright eyed and ready to go. I appreciate a little boost from my mascara and lip gloss.
I know lots of my friends do not feel the same way I do. Lots of women could care less about what they are wearing or how they look while they are exercising. Their workout time is their time to escape those pressures. Many women are more comfortable in baggy shirts and baseball hats while running.
I love that we have choices to wear what we feel most comfortable in and what makes us feel best about ourselves. Now that is girl power!
How do you feel most comfortable? Running with makeup? Do or Don’t?
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