Celebrities Embrace Their Imperfections

Allyssa Gauer, Columnist

For every 10 teens, eight of them have acne, according to Kids Health. Acne is a skin condition that creates multiple bumps (typically pimples such as whiteheads, blackheads, etc.), and primarily affects teenagers on their route to adulthood. These marks often discourage and decrease teen’s self esteem, which they had in the past. However, thanks to the efforts of current celebrities and leaders, society is feeling more and more comfortable with the idea of expressing themselves and their skin.

The world is changing and with it our concept and understanding of beauty and diversity. Celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Kendall Jenner, Lucy Hale, and Lili Reinhart all revealed to the world the fact that they have been diagnosed with acne. Bieber even went as far as saying that “pimples are in” on his Instagram Story, as stated in The New York Times. The inspiration is spreading from one person to another, especially due to the celebs’ popularity. However, famous people aren’t the only ones making a difference. The New York Times explains that 18-year-old Hailey Wait received insults about her appearance, specifically the markings on her face. Instead of cowering in the shadows or in the face of these insults, she took charge and responded by posting a makeup-free selfie. Little did she know, this was the beginning of a new perspective.

As previously stated, celebrities are a huge part of the social world, and with that comes tons and tons of viewers and popularity. By confessing their “imperfections” they are able to reach out to more people than the average person. Not only can they reach out, but they can touch those people who look up to them. The hope is that by having the famous discover the courage to open up, it will help other acne-infected people. The New York Times states that “People are embarrassed to talk about [acne] because, unlike other medical issues, there tends to be a lot of judgment around skin since the experience can be subjective.”

Well, Kendall Jenner, Justin Bieber, Lucy Hale, Hailey Wait, and Lili Reinhart persevere to aid the confidence of humanity.

The New York Times displayed a particular phrase that society should go by: “Embrace your imperfections, baby!” What does this mean? People shouldn’t fear the thoughts and insults of others, yet they still do. So use the opportunity that celebrities have presented to the world to show bravery and humanity. Embrace your imperfections, baby!