Beauty without Botox. Shannen Doherty wants to see more natural, “relatable” actresses on her television screen — and she’s making her thoughts on Hollywood’s unrealistic beauty standards known.
On Sunday, June 6, the 50-year-old actress took to Instagram to share a makeup-free selfie with her 1.8 million followers, sharing that after a night of watching movies she found very “few female characters I could relate to.”
“You know, women without fillers, without Botox, without a facelift. Women who embraced their face and all the experience it showed,” she started off her caption.
Doherty, who has been open about her battle with breast cancer, continued: “I have lived. I love that I’ve lived and that my face reflects my life. I survived a lot yes cancer but more than that. I embrace me now. Finally.”
While the 90210 alum is proud of her natural beauty, she acknowledged that her unedited complexion isn’t enough to make a change in the entertainment industry. Instead, she called for greater representation and more realistic role models in film.
“Done with the perception magazines and Hollywood try to make us into. I want to see women like me. Women like us,” she concluded.
Doherty’s post attracted attention from famous friends, many of whom share her sentiment. Selma Blair wrote, “Just thinking time I fixed my face. Hahahahah. I got the same adult face as you. Hard to sit in my hands. Haha. Love you beautiful.”
Paulina Porizkova, who frequently shares photos of her makeup and Botox-free face via Instagram, chimed in, “Thank you. We need more of you.”
Fans held the post in a similarly high regard, praising the actress for being upfront and honest about aging. One follower also pointed out that Kate Winslet is a Hollywood actress with a comparable outlook on natural beauty.
“Watch Mare of Easttown! Such a good limited series and Kate Winslet is so honest about her body and aging. So admirable! She’s beautiful,” the user wrote, gaining nearly 300 likes on the comment.
“Listen, I hope that in playing as a middle-aged woman — I will be 46 in October — I guess that’s why people have connected with this character in a way that they have done because there are clearly no filters,” Winslet told the outlet. “She’s a fully functioning, flawed woman with a body and face that moves in a way that is synonymous with her age and her life and where she comes from. I think we’re starved of that a bit.”