The meaning behind a spot

My first body anxiety concerned freckles. I was little and my dislike of the fawn coloured dots that speckled my nose knew no end – a little like today’s popularised ‘skinny-envy’, I was jealous of those without freckles. Luckily, my babysitter knew better and convinced my gullible six year-old self that my freckles were in fact beauty spots. From then onwards I felt lucky, until my freckles were no more.

Odd and hazy anecdote that this is, it does have a moral. The beauty spot is nature’s ingenious way of redefining a flaw into something, well… beautiful; and I love how a simple spot is widely considered to be the most attractive feature of the female face – uncovering a simple, but fascinating irony in the way we view beauty. However, philosophical ramble over (and excuse the zzzzs and yawns beginning to materialise in some inexcusable grammar and syntax), what I really wanted to point out is this article by AnOther Mag which reflects on the subject of beauty spots in more depth, revealing the hidden meanings behind DNA’s smallest blessing. And given my bed-driven state, here is part of this illuminative article in full. The question is – which beauty are you?

In Greek mythology, the gods were said to be jealous of those who looked too perfect and hence created a small dark mark on their faces, just to disturb their perfection. Here, AnOther uncovers the hidden meanings behind the positioning of natural beauty spots…

Right eyebrow… symbolises a highly active and successful life.

Corner of the eye… indicates an honest, reliable and forthright person.

Nose… indicates a person who will be a sincere friend and a hard-working individual.

Cheek (either)… indicates a serious and studious person who has no interest in material pleasures.

Chin… indicative of people who are affectionate and caring. These people adapt easily to any situation. They love travelling and respect the law of the land. They are also dedicated and conscientious workers and willingly accept responsibilities.

Lips… indicative of people who always aspire to get ahead in life.

The spot is back.

Max Factor up the beauty spot and their fashion credentials in this advert by Leo Burnett London


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