Dear Social Media Fans,
A few days ago, I had the privilege of attending a VIP party in Hollywood for the new MAC cosmetics Aaliyah line. There, I saw a few different celebrities. I’ve never been to an event remotely like this before, so I was crazy excited that I somehow managed to get an invite.
Quick Disclaimer: I’m not saying all of this to hate on celebrities, influencers, or Hollywood. I was definitely starstruck a few times while I was there and I would be SO excited to get invited to another event like it. I’d love to get a makeover from a famous makeup artist and I wouldn’t complain if I was a celebrity 😉
Anyways, it was so weird being on the other side of all the pictures you see of celebs at parties. I got to walk the red carpet and pose for pictures that were taken by someone from Getty Images. There were paparazzi posted out front. There were photographers taking pictures inside while everyone danced, drank, and mingled.
But being there, I got an overwhelming sense of how fabricated it can be. I saw one lady bring her own handheld fan so every picture she got looked windswept… a famous makeup artist was there, but seeing her in real life made me realize that there’s a lot more makeup behind those natural every-day looks. Everyone was trying to be someone great – someone who stood out. I think some of the people there became so lost in trying to be someone who stood out that they didn’t realize how much they looked and sounded like everyone else.
However, I did learn some important things while there.
- If you’re like me, you struggle with insecurities. With social media, you only see what people want you to see, you don’t see what’s really going on.
- Don’t settle for being someone you’re not because being you is what makes you stand out.
- Your identity doesn’t come from your status. Because, at the end of the day, we’ll all end up passing away and you can’t take anything you gain here with you.
- Don’t be insecure. Your beauty is more than skin deep.
Gaining confidence with you,