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Face Equality Week by Doğa Kalkavan

Updated: Aug 16, 2020

We are living in a world where everyone is obsessed with their look. For most of us, beauty is based on our appearance. Our faces need to be in a certain way, otherwise, it is inevitable to be stared at or made fun of. Most of these beauty standards occur because of movies and ads. It is likely to come across many models while watching tv but how many times have you seen a person who has a facial difference? I guess not many. People who have a facial deformation or a scar on their faces are usually made into evil characters. So they are either seen as rare or scary. Face Equality Week focuses on the awareness of facial disease and differences. It encourages to accept everyone the way they are and to be aware of facial diseases. It is not kind to make fun of physical appearance when it’s not even our choice.

Last year, the Face Equality Week was represented by drawing butterflies and sticking band-aids on faces. This year the only thing you need to do if you want to join this awareness is to draw an unfinished circle on your mirror and take a mirror selfie. You can tag the websites and social media accounts or use #FaceEquality to raise awareness. Don’t forget, the appearance is just a facade.

I also want to include a suggestion in order to inform you more about these facial differences and the problems people with facial diseases are facing in everyday life. “Wonder” is a novel written by Raquel Jaramillo. The reason that made Jaramillo write this novel was because of his son seeing a girl with a facial difference and starting to cry. In 2017, the movie was released based on the novel, starring young actor Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and many other talented actors. You can read the novel or watch the movie and either way, you will be impressed.

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