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Bare-Faced and Beautiful

Six girls from Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, Texas were unhappy with the way teenage girls, including themselves, felt about themselves. Tired of feeling like they needed to wear too much makeup, dress a certain way, and act a certain way to feel beautiful and fit in at school, these six girls decided to take what seemed like a small, simple action in effort to promote inner-beauty and self-confidence at their small Texas high school; to go one day a week wearing absolutely no makeup. They decided to officially form a six-member school club called "Redefining Beautiful: One Girl at a Time" with a mission to that girls in Colleyville don't need to cover their faces with makeup to be beautiful. After just a few Tuedays, the designated 'face makeup free' day, the girls' club grew quickly to 200 members. "We didn't think it was going to catch on, because people are self-conscious about how they look. It's high school: You want to look your best," says Nina, one of the founding six members of the Club,  told The Today Show. "To have over 200 girls, it's crazy."

This small act of female power has not just had an influence at Colleyville High, but has now spread to nearby schools as well, making every Tuesday a makeup free beauty day for girl. Girls who participate in the unique day wear sky-blue shirts with their club logo and slogan on it. "The Colleyville Redefining Beautiful Club plans to create a website where they can post their core values and guidelines so that schools around the country can create their own chapters" reports Deborah Dernett for And how has this change of appearance for Colleyville High girls affected the opposite sex? These boys are the ones who girls look to impress, take to their school dances, come to their soccer games, and cheer for on the football field? Well, the boys at the school have been nothing short of 100% supportive of the girls efforts. In fact, Colleyville High boys will soon wear dark-gray Ts with purple lettering that says "Give me that girl" on the front and "That's the you I like best" on the back.[youtube=] Aries Apparel was created to empower and help support female athletes as no other commercial enterprise, retail or otherwise, is dedicated to females.  But the reality is that ALL girls, athletes or not, need to be confident and assured in presenting their authentic self  all the time and not succumb to societal pressures of, what is often, a false beauty. For more information on the inspiration for the Colleyville High's Redefining Beautiful: One Girl at a Time Club, please visit Operation Beautiful, a site that the girls were on when they came up with their special idea.