Why do we see scars as flaws?
It’s a question that is currently flooding social media. Many of our favourite celebrities are embracing their scars, and many influential fans are following in their footsteps. If a celebrity can flaunt their flaws on social media and be confident while doing so, then so can I!
Here are a few inspiring celebs who have taken social media into their own hands, who gave society the middle finger, and said ‘I am beautiful with my scars!’
When Little Mix singer, Perrie Edwards, shared a photo of her own stomach scar, it motivated others to do the same. The beautiful photo was captioned with the words “Mermaids have freckles and scars too… embrace them. I think they’re beaut! 🐚”
The scar, which runs all the way down her stomach, was due to a series of surgical operations she had as a child to correct her oesophagus. Her fans felt inspired by her bravery in overcoming her insecurities about the scars with confidence.
Sarah Hyland has shared multiple photos of herself in two-piece bikinis on Instagram, adding hashtags such as #ScarsOnDisplay and #ShowYourScars. Sarah had a kidney transplant in 2012, which left her with multiple scars on her abdomen.
Having her embrace her scars in such an open way has encouraged others with similar experiences to feel less alone. It’s a reminder that our scars (or any skin condition for that matter) is nothing to be ashamed of.
Kylie Jenner has never been shy when it comes to showing off her body – and that includes the scar she has on her left thigh. Kylie shared a photo of her scar on Instagram, adding the caption, “I love my scar.” Kylie got the scar while playing a game of hide and seek. When her sister didn’t find her while hiding inside an enclosed gate, she tried to climb up on a sharp pole. Unfortunately, she slipped and the pole went into her leg and as she tried to pull away, the pole tore through her leg.
Not only does Kylie flaunt her scar on social media, but she also put her scar on show on the cover of GQ magazine. A number of people have praised Kylie for challenging the stigma that scars should be concealed and we totally agree!
We hope more celebrities will start to follow this trend and embrace their imperfections. No one is perfect and we should never try or pretend to be. We love seeing our favourite celebs showing their true selves, and it inspires us to do the same.
If you want to check out how this movement has influenced the world, visit the Instagram page Behind the Scars, featuring women and men showing what others might label as disfigurements. It’s a powerful page that motivates us to celebrate the skin we are in, the challenges we can overcome and it encourages us to embrace ourselves fully.
Do you know of more celebs who are embracing their flaws on social media? Or do you have a scar you want to embrace? Let us know in the comments below!