In the bare-faced pic which she shared to her Instagram account, Taylor is still an astonishing beauty. Her face glows and her blue-green eyes are so extraordinary it's difficult to look away.
But her skin, while smooth and lovely, is peppered with pimples. Of course, like all humans, she has the odd off day, but what we love about this image is not that Taylor has a flaw or two, but that she's not hidden them away. This is simply a sweet pic of a beautiful woman in all her natural glory and we love that.
Taylor's Instagram fans, all 11.7 million of them, were also delighted to see an image of their favourite makeup free. The post quickly went viral and garnered 734K likes and almost 6000 comments, the vast majority of which applauded the model for being confident enough to share a pic of the real Taylor.
"The best sun-kissed photo I have ever seen," shared one. "You look so natural and particularly beautiful. Love you."
Another was more to the point, posting that seeing her icon with a pimple allowed her to feel better able to embrace her own small flaws.
"When a VS Model gets breakouts too. I love this," she posted.
"No one has to be perfect," shared another.
All in all, Taylor did something pretty wonderful. She shared a heavenly image of herself looking, well, heavenly but she allowed women (and more importantly girls) the world over to see that even she is not as perfect as she might appear when strutting the runway for Victoria's Secret or when appearing in artfully edited fashion spreads in heavily photoshopped magazines.
And for that we have only this to say - well done. And thank you.
We thought you were pretty awesome before and now, only more so.