Even though Maya Rudolph hasn’t always love her freckles, she wants peoples to embrace their unique “constellation” on their faces.
The actress spoke to InStyle, revealing that while she was growing up, her complexion made her feel like an outcast.
“[They] made me think, “Oh my god, what’s wrong with me?” I didn’t know anyone with freckles. I remember my mom having cute little moles, but nothing like mine,” says Rudolph. “I think the things we celebrate as adults are the things that make us feel singular when we’re kids. It’s funny – today, when I look in the mirror, I don’t see my freckles. I’m used to the constellation on my face.”
She says the way the beauty world has embraced freckles and made them trendy would shock her 8-year-old self.
“It’s so interesting to see that natural skin and freckles have become trendy when for years directors asked me to cover mine,” she says. “I’ve seen tons of pictures of me over the years with them airbrushed out — without anyone having ever asked me. I look at [those images] and go, “Why do I look so different? Oh, it’s because my face is as clear as a bell.”
“I think this was my favorite makeup look ever. It was sheer and natural. It felt like me,” says Rudolph about her 2018 Academy Awards makeup look.
Rudolph also reminds us of the importance of sun safety.
“I grew up in Los Angeles, so I’ve been in the sun my whole life. But I’m careful about it now, and I check my moles. I go through a lot of sunscreens,” says Rudolph.
Her freckles have even been passed on to her kids and she says, “each has a different version of freckles, whether it’s a speckled bridge across their nose and cheeks or, with my oldest, more prominent beauty marks, like me.” She’s glad that her kids are able to grow up with freckles being embraced and have beauty icons to look up to with them.
“People like Alicia Keys and Alia Shawkat, who go out there looking like themselves, freckles and all. It makes me so happy that my kids have options to look at,” says Rudolph about her own beauty icons. “My only option growing up was Lisa Bonet. Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t have had a more beautiful option. But she was the only person where I could say, “Wow! She’s mixed like me. I want to look like her.” Thank God my kids have 20 Lisa Bonets to choose from.”
They’re Hollywood approved now so listen to Maya Rudolph and embrace your freckles!