Amy Poehler on Teenage Girls and Makeup

amy poehler ask amy We love Amy Poehler—she’s smart, sassy and downright talented. And when we stumbled on her “Ask Amy” segment on her Smart Girls YouTube channel, well, it pretty much made our summer.

In each episode, Amy answers a question from a viewer. And a recent query tugged at our heartstrings and made us smile—pretty much an unbeatable combination, right?

A 14-year-old viewer is struggling to cajole her dad into letting her wear makeup. She’s feeling left out because her friends all wear makeup, and she doesn’t know what to do. Enter Amy and her infinite wisdom.

“I understand that you want to wear makeup like your friends, but I think every 14-year-old is so pretty that they don’t need it,” Amy says.

Amy – 1, Societal Expectations – 0

Yet if she feels strongly about wearing makeup, Amy suggests the girl try compromising with her dad—start with a little eyeliner or mascara, for example, then go from there.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, your frustration is probably nearing a boiling point. Keep this gem of wisdom in mind, however—there’s a lot more to this situation than wearing (or not wearing) cosmetics.

“The reason he doesn’t want you to wear makeup is because he doesn’t want you to grow up,” Amy says. “It’s hard for him. He might need you to go a little slow and take it one step at a time.”

And no matter how the situation shakes out? We absolutely adore Amy’s final piece of advice—so much so we might need to print it out and display it in our offices.

“In the meantime, guys like girls who don’t wear a lot of makeup,” she says. “You have your whole life to have to wear a lot of makeup. I bet your 14-year-old skin is beautiful and you look great without it.”

Beautifully said, Amy (no pun intended). If you’re interested in watching Amy’s complete answer, here you go.

And if you have some free time, be sure to check out the rest of the videos on Amy’s Smart Girls channel, described as “a place for funny, thoughtful and deceivingly educational programming.” Brilliant!

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  • I want to hug Amy Poehler too much. So freaking fantastic.

    • Brenda Chapman

      Me, too!

  • This is awesome. So perfectly explained x

    • Brenda Chapman

      Yep!

  • What a beautiful, beautiful blog. Poehler’s a quiet champion for women and girls with her thoughtful response. She teaches inner strengths: self-worth, intelligence and independence, all traits from which true beauty spring from. She understands the pressures girls feel today, and is there like a great auntie, chock full of warmth, wisdom and thoughtful advice. Well done, missy. More, please.

    • Brenda Chapman

      Yes, she’s fantastic!

  • Personally, I’m not going to let my daughter wear make up until she turns 15, since I base my life on the greatest television sitcom ever, The Cosby Show, and Claire told Vanessa that she couldn’t wear make up until she was 15 years old.

    • Brenda Chapman

      LOL!! Hey, Louis!! I can’t argue with that! 🙂 xox

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