I have a single, significantly sized birthmark: a quarter-sized, medium brown spot on my caramel-colored skin, situated below the navel. When I was younger I used to be somewhat embarrassed by it.
I say ‘somewhat’ because I didn’t have any reason to show my stomach at that age–I wasn’t allowed to wear bikinis. But whenever I did see it, I wished it wasn’t there. My mom would joke sometimes and say that it was a grape juice stain (despite the fact that it’s not even purple).
I think having this birthmark contributes to my sense of modesty. Not to say that there’s anything wrong with having a birthmark (except for in the modeling world, perhaps), but even at the age of 20 I still don’t wear bikinis. It’s not just because I don’t want anyone to see my little “grape juice stain,” but also because I don’t feel comfortable showing too much skin in public, even if it’s at the beach. I also think that one-piece swimsuits have the potential to look extra stylish; that is, as long as they’re not the tropical flower-patterned suits that grandma wears to collect seashells on the shore.
My birthmark isn’t something I think about daily, and it’s not like I couldn’t undress in a room full of girls because of it. If anything, it seems like something that a lot of people would consider “cute” if they saw it…though I can probably guess that they’d rather not have one themselves.
Do you have any birthmarks? If so, do you hide them/feel self-conscious about them?