Cindy is not just a pair of legs – she’s my ‘mole model’
Having a mole can test one’s self-esteem. I know this from experience. I have a little one on the right side of my mouth that has sometimes provoked unflattering comments.
There was the year someone told me I had a crumb on my face, the dinner party where a guest gave me a napkin to wipe away ‘the chocolate’, and even the time when a friend flat-out asked me: ‘Char, have you ever thought about getting that removed?’
But I’ve always been quite resilient in the face of such mole adversity. And that’s because of a conversation I had with my mum when I was little. I was feeling a bit self-conscious about my mole at the time, so she tucked me up in bed and said to me: ‘Do you know, one of the most beautiful women in the world has a mole in a similar place? And it’s one of the loveliest things about her.’
It was the 90s and this woman was, of course, Cindy Crawford – whose new autobiography exposes her own experiences with her mole. Crawford tells of tough times – the modelling agent who insisted she had it removed, the make-up artist who tried to conceal it and the footballer who reduced her to tears by saying she had chocolate on her face (probably jealous that he couldn’t lick it off).
Thank goodness Crawford did not let them get their way. For her mole has only served to banish the insecurities of others with them too. In fact, having Crawford around has made me feel positively sexy about my chocolate. I recently had a photo taken of myself where a retoucher asked if I would like my mole removed, and I have never exclaimed so boldly: ‘no, I love my mole!’
Things haven’t been easy for the mole community and for years we’ve been the butt of jokes. Let’s not forget the famous ‘Moley moley’ scene in Austin Powers in Goldmember’ that was ostensibly funny, but also quite harmful to my fellow molies. I was especially upset to see my favourite Spaniard, aka Enrique Iglesias, remove his signature stamp in 2003. The King of Latin pop said it was for health reasons, but he got so much ridicule for it – particularly in Bo’ Selecta! Series 1 – that I wouldn’t blame him if he just thought ‘hasta la vista, moley’.
And I don’t fancy him now it’s gone. Maybe that’s to do with the fact that what might be seen as an imperfection can actually create perfection. In fact, what Crawford has taught us is that these ‘flaws’ can become trademarks. It’s an important thing to realise when there are so many celebrities are trying to iron out features that might look deficient. We have all seen how the Kardashians have tampered with their noses, eyebrows, bums (probably) and hair. Anything that looks a bit ‘wrong’. I’m sure if one of them had a prominent mole it would have been eradicted years ago.
Yet this feature can really enhance people’s faces. Indeed, there are a host of other sassy and stylish mole sisters such as Eva Mendes, Natalie Portman and Kate Upton. Of course, Marilyn Monroe was famed for hers.
Without these moley crusaders who knows how I’d feel about mine. I was sad to hear that Crawford had a tough time with hers, because for a lot of people she provided salvation. She gave us hope and molspiraton. So may I take the chance to say thank you, Cindy – for being my mole model.