CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Students in a UNC Charlotte class were not thrilled when they were asked to come to school with absolutely no make-up on.
“Let’s talk about how you felt when you first heard that we were going to do this,” said professor Rosie Molinary at the start of the class.
“I was petrified, I wear makeup and do my hair every day and do not leave the house until its perfect,” said senior Samantha Pugsley.
“No contacts, no hair product, no make -up, no shaping garments, nothing that could be considered appearance altering could be used,” Molinary told the students.
The reason for the unusual assignment?
“Over the years working with girls and women who really struggle with their body image, one of the things that I’ve seen is the desire to look like what they see in the media,” Molinary said.
Pugsley said, “It felt strange it didn’t feel like me when I walked out of the house this morning, when I looked in the mirror I just felt like a different person.”
Turns out -- it wasn't as bad as they feared.
Molinary herself skipped makeup and her flat iron Friday morning, and wore her glasses in solidarity with her students.
“What I wanted to give them was a chance as a group to realize those aren’t the things that really define who they are.”