When I worked with primary school kids a few years ago, I’d catch them gawking at the funny spots sitting squarely in the middle of my face every day. Their glances were always (innocently) followed by a, “What’s on your face?,” and “Why is it there?”
I had nothing remarkable on my face. Just extra pigmentation laid out over my nose and lip like deep, dark freckles.
When I was in school, I wanted to have them removed.
And this makes me sad.
Do you remember when freckles were considered beautiful? And the term ‘beauty spot’ was used incessantly.
Remember when people bought brown eyeliner pencils to draw dots on their faces?
Remember how Marilyn Monroe’s beauty spot was adored and admired by women around the world, so much so there’s even a piercing named after it? Yes, some women love beauty spots so hard, they’re willing to shove a bar of metal through their upper lip to get one.
And remember how Cindy Crawford’s big brown spot defined her career? How she was the supermodel you could relate to because she had something that made her different?
It was the iconic mark she nearly didn’t have. Because just like me, Cindy hated her ‘beauty’ spot as a child, and wanted to get it removed.
The model-turned-businesswoman told Into The Gloss the only reason she kept her gorgeous mole was because her mother told her to.
She said, “[My mum] talked me out of getting my ‘ugly mark’ – as my sister called it – removed.”
I was lucky. Like Cindy, I narrowly missed out on lasering my spots off too, and now I’m glad I didn’t.
Even though my mum (hesitantly) supported my decision to remove my spots - she wanted me to be happy - I wound up pulling out at the last minute. Not because I didn’t want them gone, though.
I booked the dermatologist appointment, and bounded in with visions of my new, freckle-free face.
In an episode of Hey Mia, Mia answered all your questions about her laser treatment. (Post continues after video.)