Megan Rapinoe has a skill set that rivals a soccer ball, gliding gracefully into a net. She is a sports icon as well as a powerful activist. She is one half of the lesbian power couple and has incredible hair. She can speak in one breath about Epsom salts, equal pay, and her words can make you smile as much as they can devastate misogynists. She’s been involved in many other battles. She joyfully and systematically subverts the accepted definitions of beauty for women.
She says, “We have such strict and antiquated beauty norms.” “Only five people look like that, and the rest of the world is trying to achieve this impossible thing.” “I believe that finding your own beauty is transformative, especially for women.” This isn’t another celebrity who uses feel-good language to conform to the conventional beauty standards of the red carpet. Rapinoe’s public image, which includes her short, dyed hair and power poses, as well as her playful mix of menswear with six-inch heels, aims to mainstream a style of beauty that was at best considered alternative.
It’s not something Rapinoe preaches from above, but rather a message she learns from other women and tries to apply as best as possible. She says that many times we look in the mirror, thinking ‘This is bad. This is bad.’ Instead of asking ‘How can I live through it?, grow with my face and find acceptance?’ Finding that inner peace allows you to go out into the world with confidence and a higher level of self-esteem.
Rapinoe currently serves as the brand ambassador for Shiseido’s Power of You campaign. The campaign’s emphasis on “finding your relationship with beauty” struck her. She also loves Shiseido sunscreen. The Glamour’s Big Beauty Questions has another installment. This time, the athlete talks about her love for baths, how she feels about the Paris Instagram filter and why she is jealous of Pete Davidson.
Glam: How do you keep your hair so beautiful?
Megan Rapinoe This is where it gets wild. It’s there. It’s not visible to me. Sometimes, I just let it go. It’s very short so it goes out pretty quickly. And honestly, it was difficult during the pandemic. It was just something I let go of. I don’t want to think, “I must have my hair done or I’m not myself.” I prefer to view it as something fun and expressive. When it gets too crazy, I can wear bucket hats and beanies.
What is one beauty rule that you live by?
Sunscreen! Sunscreen is something I use every day. Since I was a teenager, I have been using Shiseido sunscreens. They are the best for outdoor sports, sweating and sport.