Scars are a permanent reminder of an ailment or an accident, and for that reason, some people who have them have a negative perception of them. Often, people will go to lengths to cover up their scars, but these celebrities opt to embrace them:
When people first noticed the three-inch scar just in from her hairline a decade ago, their assumption was that Kate Middleton had hair extensions. Of course, that was completely false, and Kensington Palace released a statement saying: "The scar is related to a childhood operation." We don't have much more information than that about the scar on the left-hand side of the Duchess' head, but she's worn her hair in styles where it's partially visible since.Continue reading below ↓
Amy Schumer has always been open about her body image. After giving birth via c-section to her first child, Gene, last May, the comedian hasn't shied away from sharing the realities of a post-birth body—and that includes her scar. In one Instagram picture, posted just a couple of months after giving birth, Amy can be seen lifting her top up to reveal her cesarean-section scar. "I'm really sorry if I offended anyone with my hospital underwear," she captioned the photo. "Except I'm just kidding."Continue reading below ↓Recommended Videos
This is one woman who just does not care what anyone thinks of her body, and it's liberating.Continue reading below ↓
2017 was a big year for Selena Gomez's health, as she underwent the kidney transplant she needed following damage sustained from lupus. Selena's best friend Francia Raisa bravely donated her kidney to Selena, the operation from which left both women with a scar.
In March 2018, Selena proudly showed hers off in a swimsuit while relaxing on holiday in Australia. In a poignant Instagram caption shortly afterward, she wrote: "The beauty myth—an obsession with physical perfection that traps modern woman in an endless cycle of hopelessness, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society's impossible definition of flawless beauty."Continue reading below ↓
Since losing her baby daughter at just four weeks old in January 2019, former Love Islander Malin Andersson has gone through a very difficult time. But while the loss of her baby was truly heartbreaking, it also brought her a new appreciation for her body—something she had struggled with in the past. With that comes a scar left from her cesarean section, which she now reflects on as being something she treasures.
"I had an emergency C section so now I’m living with a scar and a pouch of fat above it. It’s going to be there for the rest of my life, but I look at it and I think it’s so beautiful because I carried this baby," Malin told Cosmopolitan UK last year. "I look at myself in the mirror and I’m actually more pleased with myself than I’ve ever been in my life."Continue reading below ↓
Kate Middleton isn't the only royal to have a scar on her head; her husband, Prince William also has one—and he legit calls it his "Harry Potter scar." The Prince was accidentally hit with a golf club when he was 13, leading to the permanent mark on the left side of his forehead.
"I call it [my Harry Potter scar] because it glows sometimes and some people notice it — other times they don't notice it at all," he said in a 2009 interview.Continue reading below ↓
Lena Dunham has famously documented her experience with endometriosis, and the resulting impact it's had on her body. One of those repercussions is a series of scars from various operations she's had to undergo, but it's not left her feeling uncomfortable with the way she looks. In 2016, Lena posted a picture of her in a bikini in the Target changing rooms, and captioned it: "When the Target swimsuit does a bitch right, endo scars & all".
Everyone was eager to see what dress Princess Eugenie chose to wear to her October 2018 wedding to Jack Brooksbank, and she didn't disappoint. Making a bold statement, the Queen's granddaughter used her big day to make an even bigger statement about body confidence.Continue reading below ↓
28-year-old Eugenie was diagnosed with scoliosis—a medical condition in which a person's spine has a sideways curve—when she was just 12. An operation to correct it left the Princess with a long spine leading from the nape of her neck downwards, and the plunging back on her Peter Pilotto dress perfectly complements it. Prior to her wedding, Eugenie told This Morning's Eamon Holmes and Ruth Langsford the gown was "a lovely way to honor the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this."
It's a good job Love Island 2017 star Gabby Allen isn't self-conscious about the scar running down the center of her back, or she'd have had trouble feeling confident enough to wear a bikini for the duration of the show. But Gabby knows the scar— which she has following a childhood scoliosis operation, just like Princess Eugenie—is nothing to be embarrassed about.
Showing it off on Instagram during a trip to Mykonos this summer, Gabby used the image to promote a scoliosis charity initiative. In a previous social media post about her scar, the fitness trainer-turned reality star wrote: "Be proud of your bodies. Accept them for what they are. Forgive them for what they're not. Understand them when they need a rest. Support them. Believe in them! Love them!"Continue reading below ↓
You might never have noticed the scar Tina Fey has on the left-hand side of her face, just under her mouth, but the story behind how it came about is shocking. When the comedy writer and actress was just five years old, she was playing out the front of her house when a stranger approached her and—out of nowhere—cut her with a knife. "She just thought somebody marked her with a pen," Tina's husband, Jeff Richmond, said. Tina says she was mostly able to ignore the scar until she began doing on-screen work, and it made her feel self-conscious. "I’m kind of able to forget about it until I was on-camera." Many of Tina's scenes are reportedly filmed from the right-hand side.Continue reading below ↓
Love Island 2016 star Olivia Buckland's scar is a recent one, having got it when she had a lump removed earlier this year. The lump in question, which was located near the reality star's left armpit, had been bothering Olivia for four years until she finally built up the courage to have it checked out ahead of her wedding. "It turned out to be a lipoma," Olivia wrote on her Instagram stories. "Had it for a good four years and finally plucked up the courage before the wedding to have it removed. It was cut out and was about 3x3 inches!" Olivia has said her scar is healing well.Continue reading below ↓
The Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco regularly shows off the scar on her foot while walking the red carpet. 32-year-old Kaley sustained the surgical scar after a horse-riding accident led to her crushing the bottom of her leg back in 2010. The incident was so severe, she could have lost her leg.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.