Putting the Beauty Back in Beauty Marks
Beauty marks. Blemishes. Moles. Spots. Freckles. Birthmarks. Do you have any?
By any name, these irregularities on our skin make us unique, sometimes adding an air of individuality or beauty, such as with Marilyn Monroe and her iconic cheek mole. And yet other times, larger and darker spots or blotchy skin can make us the subject of ridicule. Who’s to decide?
Throughout history, some blemishes were even considered more than just unsightly: they were believed to be dangerous or cursed signs, entryways for the devil to get into the body, such as on a witch.
Despite the stigma, Australian artist Natalie McComas created an entire exhibition celebrating the beauty that others may find only to be blemishes with her new gallery entitled In This Skin.