I’m Proud To Be Me: Celebs Who Embrace Their Flaws
With so many people going under the knife for plastic surgery to fix a flaw or starving themselves to death to conform with Hollywood’s super skinny standard, it’s refreshing that these celebs embrace their flaws.
We don’t consider a gap a flaw but at one time “Orange is the New Black” actress Uzo Aduba did. Thankfully, her mother set her straight about her look and the fact that it’s connected to her Nigeria roots and she never thought twice about it again.
Five years ago, J. Cole made a lot of noise when he released his mixtape “The Warm Up.” Since then the Roc Nation rapper has released two albums, performed in sold out shows around the world and started his own record label. But with all the money and fame, the Fayetteville native hasn’t spent any money to fix his teeth. He even devoted a song off of his latest album to celebrate his less than perfect grin. “Crooked Smile,” which features TLC, encourages others to embrace what makes them imperfect.
Before she settled down and became a married mother of two, British singer Lily Allen was tabloid fodder. She stayed in the media, rarely for a good reason, but several years ago, she showed off an extra body part to the cameras: her third nipple. This affliction is more common than you think. One in 50 women and one in 100 men are born with the extra appendage. Most third nipples do not fully develop or become functional.
Brooklyn rapper Fabolous has been in the game since the late 90’s. After six albums and even more mixtapes, Fabolous still looks like the same skinny kid from Bed-Stuy. The “Cuffin Season” rapper even has the same chipped front tooth he’s always had. And he has no intention of fixing it, either. On his “Into You” song, he raps, “You love my smile, no matter how chipped my tooth is.”
We loved her as Kelly Kapoor in NBC’s “The Office” and cheered for her when she landed a sitcom of her own. Mindy Kaling is a rarity in Hollywood for two reasons. One, she is Indian American and second, she’s not your average run of the mill wafer thin actress. Refusing to conform and diet or starve her way down to a size zero, Kaling expressed her views on being skinny: “There’s a whole list of things I would probably change about myself. For example, I’m always trying to lose fifteen pounds. But I never need to be skinny. I don’t want to be skinny. I’m constantly in a state of self-improvement but I don’t beat myself up over it.”
Funny woman Tina Fey proves that you don’t have to be a perfect ten to star in your own television show. The “30 Rock” creator has a long scar on her face from a knife attack that happened when she was a child. Instead of covering it up, Fey opened up about her idea of beauty and how comfortable she is with her own body in her book “Bossypants:” “If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares? I would not trade any of these features … I wouldn’t trade the small thin-lipped mouth that makes me resemble my nephew. I wouldn’t even trade the acne scar on my right cheek, because that recurring zit spent more time with me in college than any boy ever did.”
Juggling a career as a daytime talk show host with being a wife and mother of three children certainly keeps Kelly Ripa in tip-top shape. Although she has a tight body, she is quick to point out that she is very flat chested. The “Live with Kelly & Michael” host joked about her lack of cleavage in an interview with Life & Style magazine. “I like to say I’m a 32A long. I’ve added the long because I’ve nursed three kids.” But unlike other stars, Ripa refuses to get an upgrade. “I would never have a boob job.”
As the mind-reading fairy Sookie Stackhouse on HBO’s “True Blood,” she’s the desire of most of the show’s male characters. Anna Paquin has no problem being the center of attention and has an air of confidence when she smiles to reveal a gap in her two front teeth. She told People magazine that she’s not bothered by the gap and won’t be going to the dentist to get it fixed any time soon: “It doesn’t really bother me. I would only change it if it made me blend into a wider range of roles.”
When Ashley Judd recently stepped out with a puffier than normal face, the rumor mill started to churn and soon people were speculating about the weight gain or possible cosmetic fillers. Tired of the negative attention, the “Double Jeopardy” actress penned a piece on thedailybeast.com to speak her mind about the issue: “This abnormal obsession with women’s faces and bodies has become so normal that we have internalized patriarchy almost seamlessly,” she wrote. “It doesn’t actually matter if we are aging naturally, or resorting to surgical assistance. We experience brutal criticism. The dialogue is constructed so that our bodies are a source of speculation, ridicule, and invalidation. The insanity has to stop.”
Most stars don’t mind when their photos are touched up with a bit of airbrushing here and there. But Kate Winslet isn’t like most stars. She was very vocal about the final images the public sees in magazines and on movie posters during an interview with Harper’s Bazaar: “I have wrinkles here, which are very evident, and I will particularly say when I look at movie posters, ‘You guys have airbrushed my forehead. Please can you change it back?'”
Weight has always been a touchy subject, especially for women in Hollywood. Lena Dunham isn’t a size two but she has no problem getting naked on her HBO series “Girls” but her body has made some people uncomfortable. Howard Stern said she was a “little fat chick who got it going with her own show.” During an appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” Dunham addressed the shock jock’s comments and said she wanted “She was a little fat chick and she got it going” engraved on her tombstone. She also called in to Stern’s show and said, “I’m not that fat, Howard. I’m not thin, but I’m thin, for like, Detroit.”
Have you ever noticed that actress Kate Bosworth was born with two different colored eyes? Born with heterochromia iridum, the “Blue Crush” star has one hazel eye and one blue eye. The condition is uncommon and could be caused by genetics, disease or injury. Having two different color eyes helped Bosworth stand out from the crowd but she rarely plays up her unique feature and not for the different reason that you might think. “Quite honestly, it’s more of a maintenance thing. I find that if I wear eye makeup it comes down my face quickly,” Bosworth said in an interview with Allure magazine. “It’s easier to maintain a mouth than an eye.”
She may be one of the most beautiful women on the planet but even Megan Fox has a flaw. The “Transformers” star was born with a clubbed thumb. Fans noticed the abnormality in one of the promotional photos for “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” The technical term is brachydactyly and one in about 1000 people are born with a clubbed thumb. Though it’s much less noticeable when a child is young, the condition becomes more visible during growth and maturity.
Born and raised in India, Padma Lakshmi spent much of her childhood in her home country with her grandparents and her mother in New York. When she was 14 years old, the future television personality and cookbook author was involved in a serious car crash that left her permanently disfigured. She has a seven-inch scar on her right arm between her elbow and her shoulder that she is proud of. “My body is a blueprint of my life, of every tragedy — emotional or physical,” she said in an interview. “I love my scar. It is so much a part of me. I’m not sure I would remove it even if a doctor could wave a magic wand and delete it from my arm. The scar has singled me out and made me who I am.”
Rhinoplasty is a common plastic surgery but it’s not for Lea Michele. The “Glee” star has a big nose but she never felt pressure to go under the knife even though others around her did. “I was one of the only girls in my high school that didn’t get one,” she said in an interview. And if anybody needed it, I probably did. But my mom always told me, growing up, ‘Barbra Streisand didn’t get a nose job. You’re not getting a nose job.’ And I didn’t. That’s why I’m proud to be on a positive show and to be a voice for girls and say, ‘You don’t need to look like everybody else. Love who you are.’”
When a person has a visible scar, sometimes it’s fun to come up with a particularly crazy war story to explain it. That was the case with Joaquin Phoenix. The “Gladiator” actor has a scar on his face from his nose to his top lip. Phoenix was born with a cleft palette that has been since fixed but to hear him tell it, his pregnant mother felt a sharp pain while carrying him and then he was born with the scar.