I’ve been doing a lot of online clothes browsing recently – I think it has helped me procrastinate a lot through the exam period but hasn’t been so kind to my bank account.
When looking at the models on these sites I’ve noticed that none of them have visible scars which made me think, do you actually have to be that perfect in order to become a model.
When growing up a part of me has always wanted to try the modeling life. Whether or not it’s the pretty clothes you get put in, or the glamorous hairstyles that get tried out on you, there is something very appealing about the modeling world. I know it’s not all as nice as it is made out, and there’s a lot of competition and stress placed on models these days, but still… it does look fun!
However, a big question is… if I ever made a go of becoming a model, would my scars be holding me back?
I’ve been doing a little bit of research and what I found is quite upsetting.
Many sites have said that having a scar doesn’t ruin your chances of becoming a model. This made me happy and gave me hope that the modelling world might not actually be as hard on ‘perfection’ as people think it is.
However, I read on throughout these articles and these three key points were mentioned in each one:
1. Technology is so advanced that it is easy for scars to be edited out of pictures.
2. Make up artists do their best to hide your scars.
3. You could be dressed in something that doesn’t reveal your scars.
When reading these, I began to lose hope. To me these three statements are completely ridiculous, it seems as though the world has gone insane.
Having scars myself, it is safe to say they can make you feel vulnerable and insecure. So it makes me mad when the media makes out that having scars is a bad thing and they should be hidden or covered up. I know a lot of the attention is focused around on how slim a model should look. Just like size, a scar or two should not be made out to taint someone’s beauty.
We should see scars as adding dimension to a person, it gives them a history and a story. They should be celebrated not hidden or ‘edited’ away.
They’re a natural part of a human body and the modeling world should come to acknowledge this.