Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Importance of Birthmarks, Moles, and Freckles

I saw this gorgeous photo by photographer Paul de Luna and could not stop staring.
I am obsessed with long necks (dancers covet long necks), 
and hers dotted with a startling constellation of beauty marks stopped me in my tracks.

It lends itself to possible stories:
Was she self-conscious of her moles growing up?
Does her husband make a point to kiss them when he tells her he loves her?
 If she had them when she was born, 
did her mom marvel at them in her crib and stroke them when she said good night?
Does she show them off every chance she gets?

I would.
I would tell everyone that I have the most gorgeous neck, one unlike any other in the world.

That's what I love about birthmarks, moles, and freckles; 
they set us apart to remind us of how special we are.

Here are some of my 'love spots':
~I have a birthmark on my leg that, I kid you not, looks like Japan.
Since I'm Japanese, it's even more ironic.
~I have two freckles on the inside of my wrist that look like vampire bites.
~There's a freckle on my lower lip that is a bull's-eye for Mr. Branflake.
~And another on my upper lip for when he misses.

What birthmarks, moles or fun freckles do you have?
photo by Paul de Luna via Fashion Gone Rogue
Remember: Love your loves spots- monitor and slather them with sunscreen.

36 comments:

  1. It is a stunning photo! She's gorgeous! I have a bunch of beauty marks myself and I love each and every one :) xoxo

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  2. I have two moles on my neck that totally look like a vampire bite. I kinda love 'em.

    HOWEVER, we also need to keep in mind to get moles and such checked out... anything abnormal may not be such a good thing!

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  3. This is one of my favorite posts of all time!!! Gorgeous, honest, romantic, celebratory. I have a string of constellations down my neck, but they're not nearly as striking as that lovely in the photo. I have others that Mr. Braniff is particularly fond of, but I probably shouldn't mention them here :)

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  4. Krysten- Yes! I put a disclaimer on the bottom about that.

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  5. Steph- haha! Some of my moles are a little PG-13 also.

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  6. Oh my gosh what an incredible picture. I have so many moles. Most of them have irritated me. Some have been removed and there is one freckl-ish one on my shoulder that I think is kind of cute. Ha.

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  7. I had a large birthmark on the middle of my forehead when I was born, bright red, right above my nose. It faded by the time I was 2, but when I work out and get flushed it comes back. I don't mind it really.

    My daughter had the same type of birthmark on her back, but it went away completely and I was so sad. : ( But she has the cutest freckle on her chin that I love, and I tell her I love it all the time!

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  8. Wow - love your possible stories! My youngest daughter has a "beauty mark" right above the side of her lower lip. It is enchanting!

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  9. I love birthmarks so much! Too funny about your Japan one... because I have the same thing! I have a little birthmark on my thigh that no joke is the exact shape of the county I was born and grew up in. My parents thought I was crazy until I traced it in pen one day. I'm glad I'm not alone! ;)

    I also have a big freckle (big enough to be a mole, but it has yet to become one!) on the top of my forehead. Always a favorite of mine!

    xoxo

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  10. I would show them off! I love freckles & birth marks! CJ has one on his cheek and it's my bull's eye for kissing him!! =)

    Lemanie's Randomness Blog

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  11. aw! my hubby has told me i have an elegant neck :) i miss dancing.. and i have a TON on moles thanks to my dad.. one in particular just below my rib cage. used to be self conscious of it but now i kinda think it's beautiful, as weird as that sounds!

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  12. Your spots sound wonderful and special, Tiffany, and her neck is stunning! It took me a long time to get along with my freckles... but now we've made peace.

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  13. I have hated mine all my life! Kids used to make fun of me when I was little big time!!! My mom used to call them beauty marks. She's point out ladies like marilyn Monroe and how in the 1700s people painted them on. Then I heard the term "curse of the British" and it all became painfully clear. Especially since my dad's dad immigrated from England. I'd be spotless if I had my way.

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  14. I love the photo!

    I have a mole on the outside of my right wrist on my wrist bone. It's been there since I was born. (Strangely and kind of gross, long hairs grow out of it so I just shave them off!)

    I also have a red birthmark on the nape of my neck underneath my hair. Nobody ever sees it unless I wear my hair up, but I kind of like it. I also have a mole on my face which my husband just called my beauty mark- it's not too visable but I notice it.

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  15. That picture is absolutely stunning! John has a birth mark on his cheek that's my favorite place to kiss, and I have one of the corner of my upper lip I've always loved!

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  16. this is such a wonderful, beautiful post! i have birthmarks all over my body, but especially all up & down my arms, so that if you twist them from side to side, some parts of my arm are so much darker than the others. my momma always called them "cafe au lait." and i've got this perfectly round mole right beneath my left knee. it's like a beauty mark almost. i really love it, a lot actually. it's one of my favorite things about my body. is that odd? thanks for such a beautiful post. xo.

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  17. I am covered in moles and freckles. Most are concentrated on my shoulders, but I have two on my right thigh, right above the knee, which I used to call "the twins" when I was a girl... I used to think they foreshadowed that I will have twins someday! Eek, will my childhood prediction come true?!
    xoxo J

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  18. I don't think I could count them all. Haha!

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  19. I have a story that I made up about one of my birthmarks. I've been meaning to blog about it.

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  20. Love that you cherish the little qualities that make us each unique. I agree, long necks are just elegant! xo

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  21. awww I always talk about mine. I have one on my boootayy and my Husband loves it. HAHAHA

    xx
    b

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  22. I have very light, tan colored freckles. One sits in the very center of the backside of my left wrist - right where the face of a watch would rest if I wore one. I also have four pale freckles on my chest, which I think add character. My favorite though is a teeny, tiny freckle/beauty mark that sits right on the outer edge of my bottom eyelid. Right between my lases, it rests there -I always know when I'm doing a photoshoot and too much make up has been applied, because I never let it get covered!

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  23. I think beauty marks are beautiful and they make you unique! Gorgeous photo!

    xoxo,

    Molly Jane

    www.browneyedcharmer.blogspot.com

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  24. I have a beauty mark on my left knee that looks like Texas!

    As a natural ginger, I've always had freckles. People always tell me "not to hate them" and "not to cover them up," which I never understood... I've never disliked them (they camouflage blemishes and my dad calls them "kisses from the sun" because they intensify when I've been outdoors), and I've never covered them up.

    Freckles and birth marks and beauty marks are awesome -- embrace what you have!

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  25. Oh I love this post. My arms and back are dappled and I have always secretly enjoyed my freckles.

    These little marks are our unique identifiers, they make us stand out :)

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  26. Wonderful post idea. I love my little freckle on the left of my neck, my waist, and I have two faded birthmarks on the lower part of my upper thigh (looks like Italy and I'm part Italian) :)

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  27. so true! love it :)

    xx

    natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

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  28. i have a huge birthmark on my belly! it got so stretched out when i was pregos hehe!

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  29. I LOVE that you are posting this right now, as my three-year-old nephew said to me just this past weekend, "What's that mark?" about a small mole on my neck. I personally love freckles - I think they are adorbs! :)

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  30. Very pretty photograph! We all have little imperfections (and seem to acquire more as we get older ~ ha!) that are unique and make us special. I think little freckles are perfect for kissing or playing dot-to-dot!


    leslie

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  31. Most innovative post ever!
    Yes I have two large - beauty spots - that's what my mum called them, one on my arm and one on my thigh.

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  32. Loved this post! I think birthmarks are so unique they give us character & are so special. I have a birthmark in my eye, blueish green. My parents used to say that the angels kissed me too hard when I was younger. I hardly notice it anymore, but Love it!

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  33. such a gorgeous picture. I have a heart shaped mole on my back and moustache man has freckles a plenty. he hates them but I love um.

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  34. i have a spattering of freckles all over my belly. kind of weird, as i am not really freckly anywhere else. there isn't much i can do about it! they are there! they aren't super pretty, but oh well! :)

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  35. I love that you have a birthmark that looks like Japan! (:

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  36. I have a big heart shape made of several freckles. I didn't get it or it went unnoticed until I was 8 or 9 and it looked like it was a dirt spot but no matter how much I would scrub it wouldn't come off. As I have gotten older it is big and you can see that it is freckles, big and little ones, that make it. It is on the inside of my thigh of my left leg. When I look at it, it is sideways. It covers quite a bit of my thigh. Always wonder why I have it.

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