Princess Eugenie could have opted for makeup to cover scars but she decided to display her spinal scar when she tied the knot with Jack Brooks bank. The princess believes that scars are memories that tell a story about the body. She was proudly making a statement to remove the stigma that surrounds scars.
Millions of people all over the world watched Princess Eugenie as she walked down the aisle in her beautiful wedding dress. The wedding gown had a v-shaped back that displayed a scar from a life-changing spinal surgery during her childhood. The princess chose to tell the world the story of her scar by wearing the custom made dress by Peter Pilotto.
According to Buckingham Palace, the wedding gown was made according to the princess’ specifications from the neckline that folds around the shoulders to the low back that drapes into a flowing full length train. The low back was intended to show the scar.
During an interview with The Telegraph, the princess said that scars are reminders on how strong a person can be and how she survived the surgery to talk about it. Scars are a way of communicating and sharing a trauma. Revealing a scar is a part of the healing process. There is a stigma associated to scars but by talking about it, people can heal.
When Princess Eugenie was just 12 years old, she was diagnosed with scoliosis, a medical condition in which a person’s spine is curved. In 2002, the princess underwent surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH). Two pieces of 12-inch titanium rods were inserted on her back. The princess made full recovery but she had to wear a neck brace for months. She used to hide her scars but as she got older, she started to show her scars because she knew that she could help others heal.
However, not everyone is proud enough to show off their scars. If the scar causes embarrassment or loss of self-esteem, the best solution is makeup to cover scars with long lasting results. It can conceal or camouflage the scars while allowing the skin to breathe and perspire.