Kids can be so cruel, and when your insecurity is worn on your face high school can be a horrible place. I managed to escape my teenage years relatively unscathed only to start getting pimples in my thirties. MY THIRTIES!!!!! However, I watched one of my closest friends suffer with severe acne at school and the effect this had on her confidence and self esteem was pretty full on.
I saw her get bullied and teased. I watched her try to cover her face with make-up and hide behind her hair, refusing to make eye contact with anybody. She walked around school with her head hung on her chest, so desperate not to attract any attention. She would spend hours in the bathroom every morning trying desperately to alter her appearance at an age when we all just want to fit in.
Just this week fashion designer Moto Guo sent models down the runway with pimply skin at Milan Men’s Fashion Week, created using make-up.
Moto is known for pushing barriers in fashion and through his choice of makeup he gave representation to a condition that’s usually covered up and ignored in the fashion and beauty industry. An industry teenagers often look up to as something to aspire to.
A spokeswomen for the designer told news.com.au, “The reason [Moto Guo] wanted to create this look was because he thinks kids and teenagers should not always be flawless.”
Hear hear! Anything that makes people feel better about themselves, especially young people who are developing their confidence, is a beautiful thing.