7 Models Who Prove That Your Flaws Aren't Really Flaws — From Diandra Forrest To Jacky O’Shaughnessy

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I’ll be the first to admit that it’s sometimes hard to look in the mirror and not be unsure over what you see. Some days I take a glance and really love my freckles, feeling charmed by the stubborn smattering and remembering that summer in third grade when I first got them. Filled with Flinstones push pops, Ferris wheel rides during humid summer nights, and jelly sandals. Other times all I can do is pinch my chubby cheeks and wonder at what age, exactly, I will lose my baby face.

It’s a constant pendulum of loving the face that’s looking back at me, and wishing that that face could be different. Which is interesting, because why wouldn’t my feelings just stay the same? If I truly thought my flaws were flaws, why would they be my favorite parts of myself some days, and then the bane of my existence on others?

Whenever I have moments filled with doubts like these, I like to think of all the interesting beauties we see grace the covers of magazines, wrapped up in couture. I’m not talking about the Cara Delevingnes, but more of the Kate Mosses and the Kelly Mittendorfs. The ones who almost have an unconventional type of beauty — slightly strange, straying from typical — because those differences are exactly what make them so stunning. They're the knockouts with the wide-set eyes and gaps in their front teeth — characteristics that are usually deemed flaws by the mainstream. But interestingly enough also deemed their most beautiful features.

This shows two things: What we perceive as flaws are the very things that make us beautiful. Furthermore, our idea of beauty can change radically when someone else confirms that our more peculiar traits are, in fact, pretty. And once you're aware that your opinion changes so quickly depending on someone else confirming it, you can find the strength to refrain from subscribing to other people's opinions and learn to love your own features. Ahead are seven models who have what society has decided are stereotypical “flaws,” but who are all the more beautiful (and praised!) because of them.

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