While sharing another inspirational post on Instagram, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Courtney Hope (Sally) added a side note about a recent incident she had where some people made a comment about her appearance and shared her response publicly.
“A couple of women (and one teenager) recently mentioned my laugh lines around my eyes and mouth (unsolicited!) and wondered why I don’t want to get rid of them and if I ever would as I age,” the actress confided. “I can’t speak to the future, but this blew my mind because I thought, ‘Why would I want to get rid of or hide the proof of a lifetime of laughter and happy memories?’
“To each their own, truly,” Hope continued, “and I believe people should do whatever they feel to make themselves happy and confident — but to have someone suggest that I take them away for beauty’s sake, especially without prompting, it really hurt my heart for some reason.”
The lovely and talented Daytime Emmy nominee also wanted to clarify that she wasn’t upset because she felt as though her appearance was being criticized. “Which, unfortunately, I’m used to these days, especially online,” Hope admitted. “But because they were asking me to get rid of things that represent my favorite parts about myself and what I feel like this world needs more of, joy and laughter.
“All because the lines are not ‘pretty,’” she added. “Laugh lines are some of my favorite parts about people in general and I want to know what brings people joy. I’m grateful for every laugh and happy memory and I don’t want to hide that light from the world and I hope you never hide your light either, especially because of what someone else believes.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!