When people band together for social media challenges, anything is possible. From #NoMakeupMondays to the #KylieJennerChallenge, some are more innocent than others. Unfortunately, the #DontJudgeChallenge lacks body positivity, and it didn't take long for the Internet to notice. People are upset about the message the challenge sends, and have taken to social media to speak out.
If you're unfamiliar with the challenge, it involves people drawing on acne and wearing glasses for a "before" or "unnattractive" photo. You know, looking like normal people do when they get out of bed in the morning. And then suddenly, at the wave of a hand, they reveal their totally made-up selves in an "after" image to supposedly make a point about body shaming. But in an effort to not judge a book by its cover, the images are doing just that.
If making fun of people's "flaws" by becoming "unattractive" is supposed to be entertaining, then you can count me out. And apparently, other people on the Internet feel the same way. When searching the hashtag on Twitter, I saw almost as many body-positive videos pop up as ones that reflected the initial goal of the challenge. The reversal of #DontJudgeChallenge has made it clear that there are problems with the original concept.
It's great to feel beautiful, and if you feel that way when using makeup, so be it. But there's no reason to make fun of a more natural look. Check out some of the best responses to #DontJudge below. Score one, good guys.
This woman's video shows that being all-natural is actually a great thing.
2. Body positivity is important
She's not having anything to do with the lack of body positivity inherent in the #DontJudgeChallenge.
3. Perfect the way you are
Like the song says, you're beautiful just the way you are.
4. Wipe it all off
Having the courage to be the real you will always be the most beautiful.
5. Everyone is beautiful as is
The reverse challenge shows that people are beautiful each and every way.