Britney Spears is finally emancipated — from makeup. Today on Instagram, the singer posted a revelation about the appeal of going barefaced.
“Who would have thunk it ?!?! After all this time in my life I’m just now learning that no makeup is the way to go,” she wrote. Her selfie shows her with a natural look, even free of the black eyeliner she normally likes to wear even while working out (or when explaining how her gym burned down due to exercise candles). “I think a natural look is the way to go …. it makes you look waaaay younger and so much better,” she added, though she did note that she was still wearing mascara.
While most of the comments (including one from Demi Lovato) praised Spears for her new look, some #FreeBritney conspiracy theorists also butted in. Attempting to parse her post for clues, these gumshoes noted with alarm that she appears to have re-worn some clothing (“She has worn this shirt i [sic] a lot of her post [sic],” one commenter wrote), uses a similar aesthetic in many of her photos (“Anyone else notice her most recent posts look like the pics were all taken on the same day and posted at different times to make it look like she’s posting consistently?”), and looks different without makeup (“She looks tired”).
Free Britney — from your judgments, from having to navigate the unrealistic beauty standards demanded by the patriarchy, and from having to answer the hundreds of comments asking, “Are u okay???”