You know what three words in the English language that drive me absolutely crazy? Resting. Bitch. Face. It's a term surrounding mainly women who "always look mean" when they are not making any particular expression. Admittedly, sometimes I have RBF or as I might call it "not always smiling," because you know what, I don't want to smile all the time. What's wrong with that? Nothing, that's what. If one more person tells me to "smile," I just might turn their smile upside down. One particular celebrity who feels my pain is Kristen Stewart and her supposed resting bitch face, which is always making headlines. Sometimes she doesn't smile, and who cares! However, sometimes the Twilight actress does smile, as she revealed to ELLE UK. She said about her so-called RBF:
The whole smiling thing is weird because I actually smile a lot. I literally want to be like, "Dude, you would think I was cool if you got to know me."
That's quite the comeback to all those Stewart frowning stories, amiright? There's not really much of an argument left for the haters. Her fans already know she's cool, especially when she's supporting other women, redefining sexism in Hollywood, and embracing getting older. Whether she's smiling or not, Stewart is cool in my book.
Stewart isn't the only one who is accused of having RBF. Many other women, celebrities included, are constantly labeled as "suffering from resting bitch face." Well, you know what? Here's what most women need you to know if they aren't smiling all the time just because you think they should.
1. They Aren't B*tches
Just because someone isn't smiling doesn't mean they are a b*tch. Maybe they're just having a bad day? Take True Blood actress Anna Paquin, who told Jimmy Kimmel that people think she's angry all the time, but she's actually really happy. Whatever the case, don't automatically assume someone is a jerk because their face isn't doing what you think it should be doing. It's really simple: Get to know a person before judging them based on their facial expressions.
2. They Don't Like Looking Angry All The Time
Have you ever thought someone who doesn't smile all the time might be working on changing that? Yeah, no need to tell them they should improve their facial expressions. For example, Anna Kendrick told James Corden that she hates her RBF and is trying to fix it. Admittedly, I think it's OK to not look happy all the time, but maybe think about this next time you tell someone to smile. Sometimes, RBF can be a sensitive topic, so maybe don't police anyone's face?
3. Saying "Smile More" Isn't A Compliment
There is nothing worse than someone coming up to you and saying, "You know what? You should smile more." That is not a compliment; it's an insult. So, next time you see someone who looks "unhappy," like folks often say of Kourtney Kardashian, don't tell them they should turn that frown upside down. It's just rude.
4. They Feel Like They're Being Judged
Just like you think someone with RBF might be judging you, you're doing the exact same thing by assuming they are angry all the time. This goes for all those people who assume Charlize Theron and every other celeb who rarely smile in public have RBF. You might have a hard time smiling with cameras in your face all the time.
Bottom line: Think before you tell someone they have RBF. Would you want to be judged or told how to move your face on a daily basis? No? Then maybe take up the golden rule and don't do it to others. Even celebs.