Fake Freckles: How Do You Feel?

Much like curly hair versus straight hair, freckles versus no freckles seems to be one of those “the grass is always greener” situations. As a freckle-less individual (except for one on my right index finger that helps me tell my left from my right), I’ve always thought freckles were super cute, and wished I had some of them myself. (I should also mention that I have a weird thing for gingers.) But several of my freckle-faced friends growing up hated theirs with a passion as fiery as their lovely red hair.

I can only imagine, then, that painting fake freckles on models might be a contentious issue. Continuing a trend started last year by Rachel Comey, Rag & Bone decided to paint some subtle freckles on the models in their S/S 2012 show to create a summery, surfer girl vibe. On the one hand, this is probably one of the least offensive ways a fashion brand has ever altered its models’ skin. On the other, I can see how people with real freckles might be sort of annoyed by this. At least the fake beauty marks of the nineties were supposed to look fake. This trend reminds me of my redheaded high school friend who despised bottle redheads, or my glasses-wearing friend’s rancor towards people who wore prescription-less glasses. What’s next, prosthetic noses? Prosthetic…other things that some people feel weird about having, even though other people think they look nice? How do you feel?

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    • Kelly

      On a fashion shoot, who cares? That’s all dress up and we all know it. No one really believes that all the models with glasses and curls in catalogs actually have bad eyes and curly hair in real life, right??

      In real life, though…

    • OG

      I love my freckles, and I’m not even a ginger! I can understand why they would add them to a runway look, somehow they make you look younger and wholesome. It would be weird if someone faked freckles for an everyday look though.

    • Abigail

      As someone who hates my freckles, I say… who gives a damn? I would never have noticed if someone hadn’t said something, but who really cares, at the end of the day.

    • Kaylaandrena

      Not everyone with freckles has ginger hair, I am a brunette and LOVE my freckles, mostly because I only have them across my nose and cheeks. I suppose I am rather affronted that some people are trying to fake freckles because now that I am older I feel special because of my freckles. :D

    • adrianne lukas

      Why would they fake freckles in the first place? I just think that is ridiculous.


    • Zimmm

      I just do not get the idea that this is something that can be appropriated. No one owns sole rights to freckles or a hair color.

    • Afrolatinaminx

      Not a ginger. Part Latina, part African, part white with freckles, big curly hair AND glasses. The fake freckles thing is just funny to me. THE FAKE GLASSES?!?! PLEASE STOP. THAT IS ALL.

    • Cheryl

      As a kid, I hated my freckles, because they made me different and I was teased a lot for having them. As a *very* freckly adult, the thought of freckles as a trend tickles me. For a while, at least, I can be venerated instead of reviled for my skin.