The singer removed all of her make-up during a powerful rendition of her single Thursday at this year’s award ceremony.
The BRIT Awards is always one of the biggest nights in UK music, and last night’s ceremony – held at London’s 02 Arena, didn’t disappoint.
Not only did The 1975 win Best Album and then go on to use their acceptance speech to call out misogyny in the music industry, but Jess Glynne also portrayed a powerful message during her moving performance of single, Thursday.
The song opens with the lyrics “I don’t wear makeup on Thursday, I’m sick of covering up,” and so, in response to both that and the growing phenomenon of low self-esteem and depression among girls, Glynne and a team of women removed their make-up live on stage.
It’s a powerful message to portray, and comes just a few weeks after renowned photographer Rankin launched his new series, Selfie Harm, about the impact social media can have on young people.
Speaking about the stunt, Es Devlin – the women behind the stage design – said, “40% of girls who spend over five hours per day on social media show symptoms of depression. By removing every trace of their make-up on stage this evening, Jess, H.E.R and the 70 girls and women who performed with them, make a gesture which we hope will resonate and raise awareness.”
Judging by the reaction on Twitter, that message was received loud and clear – but the other thing people were desperate to know was what cleanser was being used. The answer? Votary Rose Geranium and Apricot Cleansing Oil, £45.
A 100% natural brand, Votary is the brain child of British make-up artist Arabella Preston. It harnesses the power of plant oils and active ingredients, and the result is a selection of highly efficacious products suitable for all skin types that work to soothe, nourish and hydrate skin.
The lead up was just as important as the performance itself and multiple rehersals meant make-up had to be removed over and over again. Speaking about that and the performance itself, choreographer Lynne Page, said, “We wanted to be brave and show a stage of full, clean faces on live TV to say enough is enough.”
“To do that I needed a way that I could rehearse the removal over and over again and not hurt our performers’ skin,” she contines. “I have been using Votary Cleansing Oil every night for the last to years and knew very well how efficient it is at getting every scrap of make-up off in a simple way. It’s allowed me to pull of both Es’ and Jess’ vision.”
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