• Sat, Oct 12 2013

Fox News Let A Lady Go On TV Without Makeup

gretchen-carlson-no-makeupOn Friday afternoon Fox News lady and former Miss America Gretchen Carlson announced that she was going to participate in a “cable news first” by appearing on TV without makeup. Of course a “cable news first” is like the “participation” trophy of doing things first, because people have been on TV without makeup before. Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb went on NBC’s Today without makeup for No Makeup Day a few years ago and seemed to have a good time talking about how anxious they’d been.

Going without makeup in some kind of statement about inner beauty or bravery or “empowerment” is not a new thing at all, but what’s surprising about this is that it happened on Fox News, which is renowned for the distinct Fox News Look it requires of its on-air ladies. Check out what they did to our own Meghan Keane a few years ago when she appeared on the network. At the time, she wrote:

When I looked in the mirror, I could sort of recognize that I was still there underneath all that makeup, but I was pretty surprised to see how I had completely transformed into a Fox News babe.

When we heard Carlson was going to be on Fox News without her newsbabe paint job, we envisioned the makeup-free host trying to ninja her way past Fox News security guards armed with foundation guns and bronzer, shimmying through air ducts to get past all the Stormtroopers we imagine Fox News has in place to prevent a woman from getting on-camera without pageant makeup.

Carlson went without her Fox News babe makeup as part of a piece against the sexualization of young girls, where she appeared with the CEO of a toy company that sells “empowering” toys. The makeup-free women talked briefly about how girls are sexualized by things like Bratz dolls and push-up bikinis, and how girls should be encouraged to build themselves “from the inside up” and not putting so much emphasis on their appearances and sexual desirability. It’s a completely commendable effort.

Carlson will, however, presumably continue to work at Fox News and will be back on Monday, babe spackle and all.

Via Jezebel/Photo: Fox News

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  • Brenda Leeann Springer

    She looks good with or without makeup.

  • http://www.jennysuemakeup.com/ JennySue Makeup

    I’m tired of people reading into the fact that when women want to paint and spackle their faces to get dolled up, that they are immediately sexualizing themselves. I wear makeup to enhance my natural beauty, not to completely change it. And I think makeup is pure FUN to put on. These women are on TV where the lighting is harsh and awful. What’s wrong with putting your best FACE forward by using a little (or alot!) of makeup to help make you more pleasant to look at? Of course you have to put emphasis on your looks when you’re on TV- hair, makeup, wardrobe, it’s part of the job.

  • Worst article I’ve ever read

    Elizabeth Licata should not be proud of herself. Gretchen did a good thing, and you’re insulting her effort solely because she works at Fox News. Would you prefer that she didn’t take a her makeup off? Would that make the world a better place? Would that make you happy? No. She tried to set a good example for women and girls who look up to her. I’m not even a big fan of Gretchen’s, but I respect her for doing this. It’s the little things like this that make a difference in our daily lives. Get a new job and stop writing nasty articles on topics you don’t know how to constructively talk about. This author should probably go buy some makeup, too, since clearly they don’t have enough confidence to praise another woman for not wearing any.

  • Worst article I’ve ever read

    Elizabeth Licata should not be proud of herself. Gretchen did a good thing, and you’re insulting her effort solely because she works at Fox News. Would you prefer that she didn’t take a her makeup off? Would that make the world a better place? Would that make you happy? No. She tried to set a good example for women and girls who look up to her. I’m not even a big fan of Gretchen’s, but I respect her for doing this. It’s the little things like this that make a difference in our daily lives. Get a new job and stop writing nasty articles on topics you don’t know how to constructively talk about. This author should probably go buy some makeup, too, since clearly they don’t have enough confidence to praise another woman for not wearing any.

  • Tricia Anton

    I do not think wearing makeup is either a good or bad thing. I like wearing makeup. It makes me feel more confident, it does not mean that I have to wear a lot or any if I don’t feel like it. As for television most of the women seem to wear A LOT! But its TV! I bet most of the women on tv look just as beautiful naturally. Gretchen I think you look just as beautiful with out it as you do with it. I did not even realize at first that you did not have any on.

  • Willie

    You are a jerk, with or without spackle, Jezebel!