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Topic Title: Scars don't define who you are
Created On: 03/26/2009 05:06 PM
 06/23/2013 03:55 PM

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No, I do not think you are being too cynical. From a broad perspective, society seems to venerate youth and beauty and will selectively give out passes for perceived imperfections. Therefore, some scarred people are applauded and positively regarded for their scars, while others are not.

I think true progress will be made when people see beyond scars no matter who the individual may be: whether it is an animated, handsome teen, beautiful woman in her twenties, middle aged lady or man, or someone in the twilight of his or her years.

True, we should never let scars define who we are, but we should not define others because of scars, either.
 03/27/2012 05:46 PM

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Wow, it is great this model found someone who was willing to embrace her scar in the designer world. Nonetheless, the woman you are making reference to is young and beautiful. I almost wonder if the person who hired her believed he/she could capitlize on the mark in some way. Even though this is a nice story, I admire even moreso the people who welcome scarred average individuals (e.g., ones who are not strikingly lovely, youthful, and otherwise perfect). When people can overlook perceived imperfections despite a person's appearance or status, I think we will be making progress. [br] [br]Am I being too cynical?
 07/30/2009 12:29 PM

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Those who are embarrased of their scars should look up to people who embrace and love their scars. A great example of this is Padma Lakshmi, the host of Top Chef. She was ashamed of the large scar on her arm caused by a car accident. She had a difficult time in the begining of her modeling career because most designers wanted to cover it up or would not hire her. She finally met a designer who loved her scar and wanted to showcase it. After that more and more designers embraced her scar and she has since come to love it herself.

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 03/26/2009 05:06 PM

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No matter how minor the scarring, we all tend to think that everyone will notice how ugly our scars are and have less esteem for us. That might be true with juveniles, but mature people know that sooner, or later, everyone gets a boo-boo that ends up with a scar. So, just ingnore the children who pester you to know how it happened and have the self esteem to believe that it's the inner you that matters and NOT what shows on the surface.

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