It's not easy for young girls today to make through high school with healthy self-esteem in tact, let alone in Hollywood. But Sadie Robertson, even at the young age of 20, has learned to rely on God for her identity--and not what critics say. This has not been easy, though: Robertson shares in her latest Instagram post that she didn't always have this deep-rooted confidence.
Robertson begins, "A few months ago I showed up for a photoshoot that I had thought was going to be a natural no makeup photoshoot... the director of the shoot took a quick look at me and said "nope this girl does not have the face to pull off a no makeup shoot" so they proceeded to spend around 2 hours making it look as though I had no makeup on. Let's be real I did NOT wake up like that."
"I have never thought of myself as a model," continues Sadie, "but getting to dip my toes a little in this industry I've heard shocking things, had my stomach "fat" pinched to make sure I knew which part I needed to get rid of. I've been told if I would loose 10 pounds then I may look like an actual model, yet all the while I just smile, laugh, eat and dance my way through the shoots."
"These things at one point in my life would of really hurt me," Robertson shares honestly, "but now I smile because I know my identity does not lie in my looks, my pictures, people's comments or my Instagram. My identity lies within the hands of my God who I believe created me to be fearfully and wonderfully made. I believe EVERYONE has the face to pull off a "no makeup shoot" because that is YOUR FACE."
Sadie ends her strong message by encouraging her readers to dig deep to find their true identity: "The makeup is the extra. It's the fun, but when it becomes your everything that's when you began to loose everything about what makes you... YOU. My friend and I went out at sunrise yesterday to remind ourselves of real beauty and went without makeup. The beauty surrounded us, and was flowing from within into our conversations. Pursue the essence of beauty within you today, and ask yourself where your identity lies."
Robertson's supportive mom, Korie, commented, "Beautiful!", and thousands of others shared their approval for her message--obviously resonating with the pressure to look a certain way and not always measuring up. Robertson has become a strong Christian role model for her generation, preaching publicly about how to follow God and living her faith in front of others.
What do you think about Sadie's honest message about what she has encountered in the entertainment industry and how she has learned to find her value? Do you think she is a good role model for young people? Share your thoughts in the Comments! Thank you!