A scar can tell a story of deep pain and survival.
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Even in a world where we tend to airbrush our flaws away or edit out our imperfections, many women celebrities have chosen to wear their scars like badges of honour, thereby helping remove taboos, and inspiring people to be true to themselves.
Here are five stars who do it with grace:
1. Tina Fey
When the American 30 Rock actress and comedian was five years old, a stranger walked up to her in the front yard of her home and slashed the left side of her face. Her resulting scar extends from just below her cheekbone to under her bottom lip. Far from being self-conscious about it, Fay wrote in her book Bossypants that when she was growing up, her scar was “a miniature form of celebrity.”
2. Padma Lakshmi
The former model and Top Chef host has a thick, seven-inch scar along the front of her arm – the result of a car accident that happened when she was 14. Although she was upset about it at first, she told American magazine Self in 2016: “I’m happy to have a visual reminder every day of how precious life is.”
3. Kylie Jenner
In 2015, when American model and businesswoman Kylie Jenner shared an Instagram post of her scar, it went viral. The post showed her legs propped up, with the curved scar on her thigh. The caption simply said: “I love my scar.” It was the consequence of a gate-climbing mishap in her childhood.
4. Princess Eugenie
When she was getting married in 2018, the British royal opted for a wedding dress that showed off the long scar down her back, which was from a scoliosis surgery she underwent when she was 12. As a patron of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Appeal in the UK, Princess Eugenie wears her scar proudly. She told British TV network ITV’s This Morning show: “I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars, and I think it’s really special to stand up for that.”
5. Selena Gomez
After a 2017 kidney transplant, the American singer shared her story with intimate personal photographs of the aftermath, on her Instagram account. She later said in an interview with American music and entertainment magazine Billboard: “When I look at my body now, I just see life. There are a million things I can do — lasers and creams and all that stuff, but I’m okay with it.”