Actress Emilia Clarke, who is best known for her turn as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, posted a bare-faced selfie last week, which has sparked some debate about beauty standards in Hollywood.
Clarke, who is 36-years-old, posted a photo of her smiling and holding a mug on her Instagram, along with the caption, “Mum got me a mug. I felt it was important to share this new found wisdom. Use it and reap the rewards 🤌💪🏻🥳❤️ #itstimetostartbackingyoselfpeople #mumsreallydoknowbest #mycoldjustgotitsmedicine“.
The photo seems unassuming, compared to the media storm that ensued after.
Many people took to Twitter to criticize Clarke for her appearance, often comparing her to how she looked on “Game of Thrones”. (Observant readers will note that “Game of Thrones” began in 2011 and ended in 2019, meaning that the comparative photographs were taken in full filming makeup, more than a decade ago.)
The debate began when a Twitter user named Jon Miller posted a reply with the caption, “Lmao wow Daenerys Targaryen didn’t just hit the wall she flew into it full speed on a dragon.”
The prevailing opinions beyond Miller’s took divergent shapes. Some said that Clarke still looked incredibly young, some disagreed, questioning why a woman has to “look young” to be acknowledged as beautiful. Clarke has been compared to contemporaries like Emma Watson, as both women are dedicated to aging naturally in the public eye.