Alessandra Ambrosio

Here’s a sweet way to start the week, kiddos!

(What? Normal people start their weeks on Monday? I was at an Ashtanga workshop all weekend–cut me some slack!)

Another edition to our Celebrities Without Makeup series!

They might not be movie stars or topping the Billboard, but these ladies have some of the most recognizable faces in the world…

…or, do they?

Do Stars Without Makeup Help Boost Your Own Confidence?

GirlsGuideTo recently posted a series of before-and-after photos of Victoria’s Secret models. Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima–the gang’s all there!

Even Elle Macpherson!

Photoshopped Celebrities: Before and After Pictures

Of course, the models are beautiful in both their before and after photos, but a few of them are outright unrecognizable without their game faces on.

I share this Victoria’s Secret Model installment of Celebrities Without Makeup because, unfortunately, these models all too often are the “standard” so many of us look at when measuring our own physical “beauty.”

If we’re not as tall as Gisele Bundchen, if our cheekbones aren’t as high as Alessandra Ambrosio’s, if our boobs aren’t as perky as Miranda Kerr’s, if we’re not as thin as Lindsay Ellingson, if our complexion isn’t as dewy as Adriana Lima’s, if we don’t look like Elle Macpherson when we’re on the brink of 50…

Well, then, we’re just not up to snuff, right?

Yeah, right.

How Would You Look If You Looked Like What You Are?

These women are beautiful, no doubt, but we’re all beautiful. You don’t have to have sky-high legs or a tiny waist or “flawless” skin to be beautiful. If that were the case, things would grow really boring, really fast!

So, take a look at these pictures and remind yourself that we’re all human. None of us roll out of bed ready for the cameras, and even if someone’s belly is still flatter than yours–with or without makeup–it doesn’t make her any more gorgeous than you.

GirlsGuideTo: Victoria Secret Models Without Makeup

Image Credit: Laurent Jean Philippe