Gigi Hadid— Sports Illustrated mega babe, Victoria’s Secret Angel, and member of Taylor Swift’s girl gang— is recognizable by her sprinkling of stomach moles, among other, err, assets. No but really, her moles are nothing if not her signature thing, not unlike Lauren Hutton’s teeth (too dated a reference?), Iman’s stunning long neck, and Cindy Crawford’s beauty mark.
Yet, Hadid’s recent spread in Vogue China reveals an image of the supermodel egregiously lacking her trademark moles, leading many young female fans to respectfully ask, “wtf?”
One comment reads: "WHERE ARE YOUR CUTE LIL FRECKLES? WHY WOULD YOU PHOTOSHOP THAT?"
Another: "Wow they totally covered up all your beauty marks on your stomach."
Another still: "The Chinese market really values fair, blemish free skin - it's how they would photoshop any celebrity. It's just a different demographic guys."
Ok, true. But how about this Victoria Secret Pink shoot?
Or this Sports Illustrated one?
Where are her moles, people?! It is one million percent unsurprising that a supermodel is Photoshopped on the front cover of a magazine (for the two go hand-in-hand, married for all eternity in their quest to perpetuate unattainable standards of beauty...but I digress), but Gigi's beauty marks are just that — beautiful. Deleting them as though they are some sort of bodily flaw screams unspoken volumes to young girls who might've previously thought their moles made them unique and magnificent. Y'know, before Gigi's got airbrushed away.