When I was at school freckles were mocked. They were aligned with having braces, wearing glasses, or having ginger hair…all of which now, funnily enough, are socially embraced. People are actually paying to have braces, wearing glasses that don’t have a prescription because they look cool, and dying their hair ginger.[pullquote]People are choosing traits that were once mocked and out of fashion. [/pullquote]Freckles have also jumped onto this bandwagon, with people drawing freckles on with an eyeliner or eyebrow pencil. Fake freckles have been endorsed by the runway and you can even buy a ‘fake freckles’ kit from Lottie Tomlinson’s range Lottie London at Superdrug for £9.99.
To some extent, we could say this is a good trend because it allows people with freckles to feel embraced and appreciated by society. It makes freckles socially acceptable, and ‘cool’ to have. However, I think this is the problem. I can see that people who draw them on may have the intention of supporting those with freckles, but unfortunately, I don’t think it works out that way. Having to be ‘socially accepted’ by runways, brands and therefore the general public, to result in a feature of skin being made a trend is a terrible thought. And if that isn’t bad enough, this enforces the individual with freckles to like them because everyone else does. So, if you were bullied as a child, or if you don’t like them as a feature, you ought to forget about your dislike as they have become a cool trend.
What’s more, those who draw them on get to wash them off at the end of the day, unlike people with real freckles. Those with real freckles have to think about the repercussions of having them – such as staying in the sun too long or not wearing enough sun protection, resulting in potential skin damage. Even skin cancer (which is more common in people with freckles) is mocked in this trend because we can’t wipe something so terrible off. Those who draw them on also choose where they want them – people with real freckles can’t do that.
Freckles might be in embarrassing or awkward places too, but people who draw them on forget about this fact and paint themselves a few freckles where they think looks pretty (namely the bridge of the nose and onto the cheeks). Some people with freckles don’t even have them there, but that’s the trend. This specific placement of fake freckles is an example of how this trend is not really in favour or inclusive of all types of freckles on other part of the body. This freckle trend is in fact quite selective as it suggests that the freckles are only ‘cute’ if placed on certain areas of the face. It can be quite discouraging for those with natural freckles who don’t have control over the placement of their freckles, as they might feel their natural freckles won’t be accepted according to the beauty trend.[pullquote]The fake freckles trend then, can surely only make people with real freckles feel worse about them, as their beautiful skin has become a trend in society.[/pullquote] We ought to ask ourselves, what happens when fake freckles go out of ‘fashion?’ The people with real freckles can’t just rub them off as society has gotten bored of them. They have to endure the fact that their skin has gone out of fashion, undoubtedly making them feel worse. Freckles may just go back to being mocked again for all we know. Thus, I come to the conclusion that the freckles trend is a terrible trend that ought to be stopped, because of the potential effects it may have on the self-esteem of those with natural freckles.
Last modified: 15th November 2018