Adele has shared a rare makeup-free selfie - here's why we're really here for it

What do you reckon?

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What do you reckon?

As you'll have likely guessed from the fact I'm a Health Editor who writes articles on everything from self care ideas, to mindful movement, to self love, I'm all for helping others to improve their self-confidence.

Which is why when I see celebrities with millions of followers online sharing things like make up free selfies, I'm always really here for it. Today, posting on her own Instagram channel, singer Adele posted a snap with a golden trophy wearing, as far as we can see, little to no make up.

In the photo, she can be seen smiling into the camera while holding an award - an Emmy Award which she recently won for Outstanding Variety Special - and in the caption, she shares her gratitude with fans.

She said: "Bloody hell I’m pleased as punch! Thank you @mrbenwinston for dropping this round to me this afternoon!! Trust me to officially have an EGO 🤣 Thank you so much @televisionacad , I’m so so honored to receive this. Big up to everyone involved. @griffithobservatory thank you for letting me sing up on your mountain and big love to all the other nominees."

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Seeing people use their platform for good - and remind us that you don't need make up to feel beautiful - is a step in the right direction, in my opinion.

Adele didn't use any filters, either, which are - scarily - slowly becoming the norm on certain social platforms.

The singer has had quite the year - she opened up about her mental health struggles to Vogue and cancelled a stint of shows in Las Vegas shortly after, explaining that the rehearsals had felt forced. So it's great to see her looking - and sounding - so well.

This comes as a whole host of celebrities become more candid about reality on their social platforms. Take model Cara Delevigne, for example, who attended the Met Gala with her psoriasis proudly on show, while Lila Moss wore her insulin pump in a similar manner.

What do you reckon - do you think it's good that we're seeing celebrities in a more realistic light on social media these days?

Ally Head
Senior Health, Sustainability and Relationships Editor

Ally Head is Marie Claire UK's Senior Health, Sustainability, and Relationships Editor, nine-time marathoner, and Boston Qualifying runner. Day-to-day, she works across site strategy, features, and e-commerce, reporting on the latest health updates, writing the must-read health and wellness content, and rounding up the genuinely sustainable and squat-proof gym leggings worth *adding to basket*. She's won a BSME for her sustainability work, regularly hosts panels and presents for events like the Sustainability Awards, and saw nine million total impressions on the January 2023 Wellness Issue she oversaw. Follow Ally on Instagram for more or get in touch.