Amy Schumer Asks Girls To Post No-Makeup Selfies For A Good Cause (Photos)

by Gillian Fuller

On last night's episode of "Inside Amy Schumer," the comedienne debuted her latest musical parody, this one, a play on One Direction's first single, “What Makes You Beautiful.”

Schumer, a vocal feminist and social activist, used the parody, called “Girl, You Don't Need Makeup,” to challenge female beauty standards.

The first verse mirrors the boy band's original; the lyrics insist a woman doesn't need makeup to be beautiful. But by the second verse, Schumer's lyrics take a realistic turn:

You'll be the hottest girl in the nation, with just a little foundation.

The message: Contrary to what One Direction's lyrics suggest, our culture still holds women to impossible standards of beauty.

Before the episode aired, Schumer posted a makeup-free selfie to Instagram and called for fans to do the same, using the hashtag #GirlYouDontNeedMakeup.

The response was overwhelming; thousands of women (and men) joined in to support Schumer's positive message.

Later, she tweeted her gratitude, writing,

I have been brought to tears with all the strong, badass, incredible women tonight…. We are all different and beautiful. Let's waste no time stressing [a]bout looks.

Check out the parody up top, and see some of the inspiring and beautiful #GirlYouDontNeedMakeup selfies below.

Amy Schumer asked women to post makeup-free selfies in honor of her parody, "Girl You Don't Need Makeup."

Shortly after she posted, the responses came flooding in.

#girlyoudontneedmakeup #InsideAmy @amyschumer — liz (@napsareforkids) April 29, 2015

Schumer's goal was to challenge socially defined beauty norms...

I look gross but #girlyoudontneedmakeup #InsideAmy — melissa (@starbucksjmo) April 29, 2015

...and to encourage self-acceptance.

i my face!!! #InsideAmy #girlyoudontneedmakeup — kenz (@kenzieah) April 29, 2015

This isn't the first time Schumer used her fame to promote a social movement.

Lovin this #girlyoudontneedmakeup trend! @amyschumer, thanks for this! #InsideAmy — Anitabot (@anitabot) April 29, 2015

The comedienne's "Friday Night Lights" parody tackled sexual assault.

#girlyoudontneedmakeup because there are more important things to do with your time. @amyschumer — Keegan Nashan (@maganias) April 29, 2015

She was overwhelmed by the positive responses to her message.

I have been brought to tears with all the strong, badass, incredible women tonight. In jungles, jumping out of planes, holding their babies — Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) April 29, 2015

And thanked fans for joining her movement.

and mothers hands. All the strong lovely men who tweeted too. We are all different and beautiful. Let's waste no time stressin bout looks. — Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) April 29, 2015

Support the cause by sharing your own #GirlYouDontNeedMakeup pic on Instagram or Twitter.

We are sisters and fighters and laughers and happy strong women. Smile at yourself in the mirror girl. #girlyoudontneedmakeup much love! — Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) April 29, 2015

Citations: Amy Schumer asks for no makeup selfies and shes getting badass responses (Mashable)