7 "Flaws" That Aren't

From big noses to freckles, historical proof that you have no reason not to love what your mama gave you.

Girl with freckles
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Remember that viral blog post about untranslatable words (opens in new tab) from different languages? We find that beauty often comes across the same way—traits some cultures love are traits women halfway around the world wish they could trade in. We often think about beauty in a narrow space, but next time you're tempted to rag on yourself about one of these, step back and remember that it's all in the eye of the beholder—and maybe yours just needs a new POV.

A prominent nose
Ever seen a Renaissance painting or a Grecian or Roman bust with a laser-straight, bump-free, refined-tip nose? Didn't think so. Besides being classically—in every sense of the word—beautiful, large proboscises are a sign of good luck in many cultures. In Japan, it's even a compliment to tell someone her nose is big.

Gap teeth
All the reassurance you'll ever need: Anna Paquin, Ashley Smith, Binx Walton, Brigitte Bradot, Georgia May Jagger, Jessica Hart, Lara Stone, Lauren Hutton, Lindsey Wixon, Vanessa Paradis.

Any kind of butt
Biologically, a big butt signals fertility, which is like wearing a "mate with me" sandwich board. (That might explain why 2014 was the year of the bountiful backside (opens in new tab).) Less 3-D derrieres, on the other hand, show creative fertility—after all, that's what it takes to make mom jeans (opens in new tab), which flatten pretty much any ass, look cool.

You weren't convinced when we shared a fake-freckle tutorial (opens in new tab) à la Preen, Chloé, and Olivia Wilde (opens in new tab). That's all right—we'll raise you a Caroline Trentini, a Gemma Ward, and a Cintia Dicker. Did we also mention that, in face-reading, freckles signify a friendly personality?

Big ears
Legend has it that, because the Buddha's were elongated from wearing heavy jewelry, those born with similarly large ears will run into wealth. Other awesome stuff associated with oversize auditory organs: good fortune and originality. 

Pale skin
What's that sound? Oh, right—every girl in the northern hemisphere lamenting her winter pallor. Just remember that 1) tans weren't very cool for most of human history, 2) Emma Stone only got to be so uncharacteristically bronzed (opens in new tab) for a role, and 3) sun damage isn't sexy. Slap on some SPF, blush, and highlighter, and you're (figuratively) golden.

A high forehead
Movie trivia: Cate Blanchett shaved her hairline to play Elizabeth I. This totally supports the idea that high foreheads are regal and absolutely deserve not to be hidden under a pair of bangs. Don't be insecure, girl. Own that ponytail. Work that updo.

Beyonce hair swing

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Chelsea Peng
Assistant Editor

Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.