Why Jazz Jennings, Selena Gomez, Amy Schumer and other celebs flaunted their scars in 2020
Scars, especially those in the spotlight, have often been treated as something to hide or even to be ashamed of.
Almost a decade ago, Tina Fey spoke publicly about her own facial scar and how it resulted in many of her scenes in 30 Rock being filmed from an angle that minimized the appearance. This year, talk show host Wendy Williams came under fire for publicly making fun of Joaquin Phönix's scar on her lip.
Even so, many celebrities decided in 2020 that enough was enough and publicly accepted their scars despite all the criticism. In powerful steps towards body acceptance and positivity, stars like Amy Schumer, Jazz Jennings, Chrissy Teigen, and others have used social media to proudly display the scars they have acquired in life in the hope that they will find the imperfection could normalize once and for all.
When 28-year-old Selena Gomez had her kidney transplant in 2017, the singer admitted she was struggling to come to terms with her scar. However, earlier this year Gomez decided to finally show it off in an Instagram post where she helped promote her friend's new line of swimsuits. "Now, more than ever, I'm more confident about who I am and what I've been through ... and I'm proud of that," wrote the founder of Rare Beauty in her post, which earned over 13 million likes.
Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Princess Eugenie also drew attention to a large scar on her own body in honor of International Scoliosis Awareness Day. The 30-year-old was diagnosed with scoliosis as a child and had major surgery at the age of 12. In her Instagram post, the princess posted close-up shots of the scar that could be seen while wearing her wedding dress - which she had purposely done in a way that would reveal the scar. Coming from a world where appearances are so important, the young queen was extremely open to her experience and scar, and inspired her followers to do the same.
That summer, singer-songwriter Amy Grant also showed her strength after undergoing heart surgery for PAPVR, a disease she had had since she was born. 60-year-old Grant didn't necessarily acknowledge her scar, but posted several pictures showing it and focused on her gratitude as she recovered. The pictures speak for themselves, of course. Heart surgery scars seem rarely shown by celebrities, but in 2009 Robin Williams also showed his own chest scar.
While many celebrities, including Beyoncé and Pink, have opened up about caesarean sections, few have intentionally shown their scars. However, earlier this year, comedian Amy Schumer decided to do just that - while starting IVF. It wasn't entirely surprising how open Schumer was about pregnancy and motherhood and how far it went to document it in a documentary special, Expecting Amy. Schumer has since discovered that she has Lyme disease and is now considering a replacement for her second child. However, her strong post continues to inspire many parents to accept the reality of their own C-section scars.
Chrissy Teigen got real about her own scars this year too. As early as May, the model announced that she would have her breast implants removed. Based on rumors, Teigen decided to post a photo of her fading scars on her Instagram stories (along with another picture of the story right after her first breast implant surgery). "You've been great for me for many years, but I'm at it right now," said the mother of two, who also suffered a pregnancy loss this year, and spoke about the emotional scars that came with it.
The greatest loser trainer, Erica Lugo, also shared a scar selfie from her tummy tuck this year. Lugo shared why she had the procedure to remove excess skin after losing 160 pounds and keeping it off for five years.
“Loose skin has been a part of my journey for 5 years. I was always okay with that, ”Lugo said on Instagram. "It was my battle scar, but the more I muscle and get leaner, the looser the skin becomes. No amount of exercise or diet helps the loose skin pockets on my hips and stomach." She said it was not an easy one Decision was but the right one for her - a great reminder that fans and others should always do what they think is right, scars are doomed.
While Seal has always been known for not only having an incredible voice but also facial scars, the British singer-songwriter only recently revealed the source of those scars: discoid lupus.
"My lupus first came in when I was 21," Seal told Yahoo Life in March. "It's not as severe as systemic [lupus] that affects the organs." The 57-year-old Grammy Award winner also spoke of the emotional scars he had dealt with in coping with his diagnosis, stating, "I quickly realized that this body is not who we are."
The Queen of Pop herself got real about her scars this year too. After dealing with knee and hip problems, Madonna underwent regenerative treatment to help with chronic pain from missing cartilage. The 62-year-old multi-award-winning artist took her gram to let fans know about her struggles, along with a selfie that included a glimpse of a scar and bandage on her hip.
Eventually, two other celebs shared some life-changing traits that allowed them to finally feel comfortable in their own bodies: the ones left behind after their sex confirmation surgeries. As part of her #decadechallenge post earlier in 2020, transgender activist and reality TV star Jazz Jennings revealed to the world the scars she had left after undergoing her own sex-confirmation surgery in 2018.
"I call them my battle wounds because they represent the strength and perseverance it took to finalize my transition," Jennings said in an Instagram post in which she posed in a swimsuit. She told her fans that she was proud of her scars and that she loved her body
And transmodel Izaak Theo Adu also revealed his scars from gender-confirmation surgery to fans last November. On personal Instagram, Adu (singer Sade's son) wrote: "My scars are here. They set me free to be who I was born to be." The picture shows him lying on the floor, shirtless, so you can see his chest scars as well as a scar on his arm related to his phalloplasty.
"I wear my scars with pride," remarked Adu in the post, which has received over 8,000 likes from fans around the world, including one who admits they hope one day they too will feel strength and not care about their scars to be ashamed of. No doubt, as more and more celebrities are open and open about the scars they have acquired over time, more and more people will be able to come to terms with their own scars, accept them, and maybe even appreciate them.
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