Charlotte Crosby Is Trending Because Of A Picture Of Her With No Makeup On, But Haven’t We Moved Past This?

When there's so much harrowing news going on right now, a woman leaving her house without makeup on shouldn't be making headlines.

Charlotte Crosby

by Georgia Aspinall |

Charlotte Crosby is no stranger to tabloid press, her reality TV antics have made her a fan favourite for papers like The Daily Mail and The Sun – who report on everything from her haircuts to reunions with her friends from Geordie Shore. But this morning, that attention took her from a quick report on her latest Instagram post to the number one person being searched for on Google in the UK.

That’s right, there have been more than 20,000 searches for ‘Charlotte Crosby’ in the past 24 hours. Why? One might think she’s done something so scandalous it would capture the minds of the entire nation, perhaps appeared on the news naked or locked lips with a famous actor in Rome (too soon?). Either way, to be on top of Google Trend’s daily searches you would expect she had done something so newsworthy we would be forced to take our eyes off the latest coronavirus news or harrowing stories of the End Sars protests.

Well, expect differently, because all she’s done is leave her house without makeup on. Clicking on her name on Google Trends, the top stories are ‘Charlotte Crosby goes make-up free as she oversees renovations on her Sunderland mansion’ from OK! Magazine and The Mirror’s ‘Charlotte Crosby gives rare glimpse of herself without make-up at home in Sunderland.’

That’s right, a famous woman can’t leave her house with no makeup on anymore without going viral. Now, one might think Charlotte’s make-up free face might be compelling to see (that person would be weird on any count) because we don’t see it very often. But, that person would be wrong. Charlotte may often be glammed up on her Instagram posts, but she’s no stranger to a make-up free selfie particularly as we follow her daily life on Instagram stories.

Of course she, like many other celebrities, uses filters often and has eyelash extensions and tattooed eyebrows that are essentially, permanent makeup – but either way seeing her without full glam isn’t exactly a notable occasion. What people seem to be commenting on however, is how she looks without make-up since having cosmetic procedures like lip filler and Botox, which she spoke about loving in January this year.

When you see the responses people have to seeing her out and about, it’s disappointing bordering on dismal. And looking into it further, it’s clearly not the first time the appearance of her face has sparked conversation. Search her on Google and you’ll see countless reports discussing her changing appearance, headlines calling her ‘unrecognisable’ and urging a ‘filler intervention’.

It’s clearly not the first time the appearance of her face has sparked conversation.

But what all of these reports are missing, and particularly those today are, is that it’s no one’s business what Charlotte chooses to do to her face nor how she looks with or without makeup. You might be intrigued, sure, we can’t blame you for that, but for there to be SO much intrigue that she’s out-trending the serious, terrifying and life-threatening news stories currently going on around the world is daunting all in itself.

She literally left the house without make-up, any woman should be able to do that without it making headline news. We can only hope the months of make-up free lockdown make people less immune to this kind of ‘shock’, and free up some room to discuss the actually newsworthy things we should all be talking about right now.

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