It’s not easy being a teenager in the spotlight, and no one knows that better than Sadie Robertson. After her family shot to fame on Duck Dynasty several years ago, Robertson has found herself in that spotlight over and over again, especially in the world of faith and Christian role models. Sadie isn’t immune to the pressures that being on TV puts on a young girl’s body image, as she says in a recent Facebook post about an unpleasant photoshoot experience. She posted this photo of herself in a field and explains:
“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, 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, 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. The makeup is the extra. It’s fun, but when it becomes your everything that’s when you begin 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 ❤️”
— with Sadie Howard.
I LOVE what Sadie says here about knowing where her IDENTITY lies. The truth is, no matter how old we are, we women are HARD on ourselves when it comes to our looks. Even if we never have a photographer or a makeup artist tell us we’re not pretty enough or skinny enough, we tell ourselves that ALL THE TIME.
I’m 39 years old, and I need to take advice from this teenagers. Sadie’s right, “My identity does not lie in my looks, my pictures, people’s comments or my Instagram.”
My identity does not lie in what people think of ME as a mother. In my “mom bod” or my dark circles under my eyes. Not in the blog comments or Facebook comments people leave for me, but in the Savior who left HEAVEN for me, and came down to this mess of a place and suffered and die for ME.
Let’s take a page from Sadie’s book today, Mamas, and praise the Lord for our true identities!