Little Known Stories: 5 Famous Women With Scars

Below you will find 5 famous women with scars and their stories.

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Tina Fey

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Scar story: According to a Vanity Fair interview Fey was only five years old when someone came up to her and slashed her. At the time she thought they had just marked her with a pen, but it left the permanent mark on her left cheek.

 Padma Lakshmi

Scar story: The seven-inch scar on “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi’s arm was caused by a major car accident when she was just 14.

Quote: “Being in a car crash was like an exhilarating hallucination, an unbelievable moment that oddly remains one of the most beautiful images in my memory,” Lakshmi told Vogue magazine

“I love it because it makes me a person who has an interesting past,” she said in a interview

Mary J. Blige

Scar story: No story publicly recorded

Quote: “If I don’t accept the scar on my face, the lips that God gave me, the big giant feet, the long legs, whatever it is that I’m deformed with, I got to love it so everybody else can love it. And I started loving it.”

Catherine Zeta Jones

Scar story: The result of the tracheotomy she had to have as an infant after a virus she contracted caused breathing difficulties.

Quote: “I don’t want to hide it,” she has said. “I wouldn’t be here today if I didn’t have this scar.”

Demi Lovato

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Scar story: Lovato revealed that she began to self-mutilate at the age of 11. She said it was “a way of expressing my own shame, of myself, on my own body.” Demi covered up the scars with tattoos. One wrist says Stay. The other wrist: Strong.

Quote: “I think scars are like battle wounds—beautiful, in a way. They show what you’ve been through and how strong you are for coming out of it….Now I’m able to look at them and be thankful for being alive. I think that I’ve been blessed over the past year to be able to start over.” Source

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