“I have such severe eczema all over that my legs are covered in huge patches of pigment loss from scratching. I have a tonne of stretch marks, and because I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, *every* time I cut, I scar,” the Good Place actress announced on Twitter. “I *refuse* to have these normal human marks weaponised against me.”
The 33-year-old outspoken British star made these comments the day after slamming Kim Kardashian’s KKW Beauty body makeup. Kardashian, 38, has said that she uses the new line’s products to cover her psoriasis. But of course, critics, including Jamil, point out that cover-up collection is simply adding to societal pressures for women to look flawless.
I have such severe eczema all over that my legs are covered in huge patches of pigment loss from scratching. I have a tonne of stretch marks, and because I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, *every* time I cut, I scar. I *refuse* to have these normal human marks weaponised against me.
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) June 25, 2019
Hours after Jamil tweeted, she explained her thoughts further on Instagram, doubling down on body-positivity. “Seeing more and more companies sell *always marketing just at women* make up that is for your body, to cover all your ‘flaws.’ This is a nightmare for your clothes, furniture, bedsheets, bank account, especially if you are tall or curvy, as you need so much extra, it’s time consuming to put on and take off,” she captioned the screengrab of her tweet. “It clogs pores, can make some skin conditions worse and is based on a Photoshop ideal of a woman. Which is a problematic downhill spiral.”
And though the star — who plays fictional character Tahani Al-Jamil on the NBC hit show — says she understands that the make-up can give people confidence, she questions the beauty standards that serve to make women worry about their appearances.
“Can we not also question why fully disguising our entire natural selves makes us feel better? Why do we feel bad about ourselves? Who did that? who profits off it?” the I Weigh founder continued on Instagram. “Do boys have to live up to the same standards? Are they shamed *as* easily and frequently as us femmes? Isn’t there something a BIT off about making people’s happiness and confidence lie in doll-like perfection?”
In a follow-up tweet, Jamil — who has feuded with the Kardashians before — praised fans for participating in the feminist conversation about shame. “Shout out to all the utter babes in this thread talking about embracing their scars and marks and skin conditions and wearing them proudly,” she wrote. “I know it’s hard, and it took me a bit of time to do it myself, but gosh it’s SO f–ng liberating when you do. Love you all. ❤️”