Having little girls has changed the actress's perception of the way beauty standards are portrayed in the media.
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Blake Lively played perfect It Girl Serena Van Der Woodsen on Gossip Girl, and she's currently killing it as one-half of a stunning, camera-ready celebrity couple (thanks to her marriage to the dreamboat that is Ryan Reynolds). But the mom-of-two is the first one to admit that the pictures we see of her in the media are perpetuating unrealistic beauty standards and beauty norms.

"What you're seeing on red carpets and in magazines takes a lot of effort and a lot of people," she explained to Refinery29. "People don't understand that it's all very constructed. What little girls are seeing isn't what [these celebrities] look like when they wake up in the morning—even though it's no less beautiful."

Amen, sister! I watch as my daughter scrolls through the immaculate Instagram feeds of stars like Gigi Hadid and Kylie and Kendall Jenner, and I often wonder what kind of effect it's having on her self-image. Lively, who has two daughters herself—James, 2, and Ines, 4 months—said this is the exact reason her perception of beauty standards has changed, and made her more determined than ever to make sure her little girls understand that their mama does not always wake up looking flawless.

"For me, it's important for my daughters to know that it's not real life," she said. "They're seeing me dressed up in all this hair and makeup, but they also see me without that. I want them to see both sides, because there is never just one side."

We just love Blake for keeping it so real. And a quick glance at her Instagram account reveals that this is one actress who actually walks the walk. For this year's Golden Globes, she posted a stunning image of herself along with the following caption: "Thank you to the group of talent it took to make this happen. I don't take it, or you, for granted."

Three weeks ago, she gave her glam squad another shoutout next to a pic of herself getting her fabulous face on. "Thank you," she wrote, "for making me look like I slept more than 2 hours last night."

And five weeks ago, she posted this amazing shot, along with the perfect succinct yet equally revealing caption: "I did not wake up like this."

And while we're not 100 percent sure we believe her, we definitely appreciate the transparency.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.