In the age of photo editing apps, we tend to forget that most people have flaws and don’t wake up looking perfect. Acne is something a lot of teenagers will endure and it’s not something to be ashamed of. That’s why artist and photographer Hailey Wait bravely shared a selfie on social media with her acne fully visible. The post received tens of thousands of likes and has been widely shared.
The 17-year-old captioned the photo: “Reminder that acne doesn’t make you ugly,” she wrote in the tweet. “A heart full of hate does.”
Reminder that acne doesn’t make you ugly 💖 a heart full of hate does. pic.twitter.com/X7EQ12amQg
— PIGSS (@pigssart) December 10, 2017
The Colorado blogger received a lot of positive feedback from her followers, who were impressed by her honesty.
“I’ve dealt with acne for years and this tweet made me have a whole new look on it,” one person wrote.
Another responded with a GIF of Meryl Streep emphatically pointing.
— Somedie, love me. (@HaTriste) December 11, 2017
This lack of representation of people with acne on social media is one of the reasons why this type of candid before-and-after acne selfies are going viral.
On Instagram — where she has more than 80,000 followers— Wait is not afraid to post selfies that show her acne.
Wait shared a follow-up photo and wrote:
“Since being more open about my skin imperfections, SO MANY of you have opened up to me about your own struggles and I want to say that I’m truly moved. I’ve heard your stories and seen more and more of you embrace yourselves for who you are, and to me, that’s the most beautiful thing in the whole world.”
“You aren’t flawless, and neither am I,” she continued. “None of us are, and you don’t need to be flawless to be loved and accepted as a human being.”
Let’s keep remembering that nobody is perfect and take our hats off to people who are not afraid to share their imperfections.