Only Kate Middleton can know the Kate Middleton experience, but we’re guessing it involves lots of hand-shaking, waving, and bringing attention to important causesâ€”along with a fair amount of people telling her she’s beautiful. But, in an honest move that’s pretty surprising for a duchess, the 35-year-old admitted her flawless facade takes work.
During Kate and Will’s recent visit to Warsaw, Poland, a group of students told the Duchess of Cambridge she was beautiful and perfect, as the Mirror reports. Instead of modestly uttering a demure “thank you,” Kate got real and told the kids, “It’s just the makeup.”
In a world that tells women more often than not that they should be gorgeousâ€”but shouldn’t show any of the work that goes into itâ€”we’re so here for Kate drawing attention to the fact that, nope, she doesn’t wake up like this and that it takes effort to look the way she does. She’s a mother of twoâ€”those blow-outs don’t just happen.
So, yeahâ€”it was a tiny comment, but it makes a big difference, especially given the fact that women of all ages look up to her.
Kate joins a slow-growing list of companies and celebrities that are working to pull the curtain back on the perception of perfection: The U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority is cracking down on the phenomenon by policing unrealistically Photoshopped ads, Dove’s Real Beauty “Evolution” video showcases a modelâ€™s appearance from her natural state to a finished image for use in advertising, and both Heidi Klum and Elizabeth Banks have been vocal about the intense transformation that happens pre-red carpet.
Transparency is always a good thing. And, because there’s nothing wrong with spending time on the way you look if it makes you feel good, so are tips for that signature Middleton blow-out bounce.
This story originally appeared on Glamour.