Last Updated on August 6th, 2020
In 1995, actor Brad Pitt was selected as People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” In 1975, however, the then-unknown Brad Pitt was about to start Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Missouri. He was plagued by acne, just like many teenagers. In 1985, Pitt was earning his living by wearing a chicken suit 🐥 for an El Pollo Loco restaurant in Los Angeles, California, keeping his acne scars under synthetic chicken feathers.
Since he began his acting career in 1987, Brad Pitt has always had makeup artists available to cover his acne scars for public appearances. Even today (so I am told by a friend who shared a cab with him a few years ago), Pitt’s scars are visible without makeup. But his self-confidence is more noticeable than a few blemishes in his complexion.
Growing up a Baptist preacher’s daughter in Abilene, Texas, actress, singer, and philanthropist Jessica Simpson was recording albums at the age of 12. She pursued a highly visible music and acting career despite having teenage acne—making no effort to hide the fact that acne was a part of her life.
Jessica Simpson even agreed to be photographed when her skin was broken out, and used her position to show how well various acne products (especially ProActiv) worked for her.
In 2004, Simpson launched a line of edible cosmetics she called “Dessert Beauty,” and in 2005 she introduced a line of cosmetics for girls she called “Dessert Treats.” On October 31, 2011, Simpson launched an e-commerce beauty site with celebrity aesthetician Nerida Joy called BeautyMint, and the combined revenues of Simpson’s cosmetics and clothing ventures is expected to exceed $1 billion in 2012.
Sixty-four year-old actor Edward James Olmos once suffered severe cystic acne on his cheeks and forehead, but that did not keep him from winning an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his roles on Miami Vice, Battlestar Galactica, The West Wing, and Dexter. He has starred in over 40 movies ranging from the serious 12 Angry Men to the not-so-serious 📽️🤣 Green Hornet and Beverly Hills Chihuahua. And throughout his career he has played nearly all of his roles with very visible acne scars.
Beautiful and phenomenally talented Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic allows herself to be photographed when she has active pimples not covered up by makeup. Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado, known for her hit songs Promiscuous and Like a Bird, has been photographed with dozens of active pimples on her forehead, as has Daniel Radcliffe, best known for playing Harry Potter. Socialite Nicole Richey did not attempt to cover up acne when she was pregnant with her first child, and CSI star and famed actor Laurence Fishburne has had active acne his entire career.
If active is so disfiguring, how can actors be considered sex symbols in spite of it? There is some truth to the old adage that beauty is more than skin deep.
Psychologists have studied why certain people seem beautiful and reached some surprising and not-so-surprising conclusions:
So how do these principles explain the attractiveness of actors who have acne? ✨ Here are some of the reasons acne does keep actors from “beautiful people” status.