Fashion Designer Shatters Enormous Body Image Taboo

June 22nd 2016

Lucy Tiven

At Milan Men's Fashion Week this past weekend, one designer's breakout collection shattered a major body-image stigma.

Malaysian-based designer Moto Guo, who presented the gender fluid fashion collection "Picnic in the Society," featured male and female models with visible acne.

It's unclear whether or not the acne spots were a make-up job or the models simply went 'au naturale,' PAPER Magazine reported. Either way, the show departed significantly from the impeccable skin you're used to seeing in fashion shows, advertisements, and pop culture.


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Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

It also frequently causes psychological issues like "poor self-image, depression, and anxiety," the AAD reports.

A 2011 study published online by Biopsychosocial Medicine found that acne drastically shaped how teenagers were perceived by adults and their peers. The study reported:

"Teens with smooth, clear skin were rated higher on every favorable characteristic and lower on every unfavorable characteristic by both teens and adults. In most cases, the first thing that respondents noticed was the skin of teens with acne. Teenagers and adults alike perceived other teens with acne as generally being shy, less socially active, more likely to be bullied, and less successful in terms of finding a job."

Whether or not facial blemishes are the new black, "Picnic in the Society" showed that splotches are nothing to hide, and can even be the stuff of high fashion.

[h/t PAPER Magazine]