Photographer Peter DeVito is showing teens and adults why living with acne isn’t the end of the world it can often feel like. And it comes at the right time too. At the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, model Kendall Jenner came under fire for appearing on the red carpet with acne visible under her make up. How dare she…be an actual human? Not go into hiding over some pimples?
While we were already loving that Kendall hit the red carpet, acne and all, her response to the negative attention her skin received was even better. After a fan posted that Jenner was a role model to young women, Jenner tweeted “Never let that shit stop you!”
never let that shit stop you! 😎✨ https://t.co/uXlqwJxTPf
— Kendall (@KendallJenner) January 8, 2018
For anyone who has ever suffered from acne, the desire to hide in their room and wait out the blemishes can be overwhelming. Facing peers at school, at work, or even on the red carpet, while suffering from acne can feel overwhelming and yes, mortifying. But DeVito wants to change that.
The photographer has begun featuring untouched skin in his photographs, displaying models with acne on his Instagram page and often adding messages of empowerment to their pictures. In one series, DeVito includes three pictures of himself, with each displaying different messages. These include “Acne is normal,” the word “Retouch” crossed out, and lyrics to Kendrick Lamar’s 2017 single “Humble.” Inspired by his own struggles with acne, DeVito wrote on his Instagram page “In 2017, I took barely any pictures of myself because I hated the way my skin looked. In 2018, I’m going to take as many as possible.”
The series has already been creating buzz, with model Cara Delevingne reposting DeVito’s self-portrait series, writing, “It’s so wrong that if I had taken that picture of myself, then I wouldn’t have posted it.”
#AcneIsNormal – In 2017, I took barely any pictures of myself because I hated the way my skin looked. In 2018, I’m going to take as many as possible because even with my acne, I still look better than most of y’all headass bitches😏 *this is probably the last acne word portrait I’m doing of myself, but I’m going to pursue different projects that have to do with acne👌*
In another image, DeVito took on the notion that people who suffer from acne have issues with their skin because they don’t drink enough water or use the right products, which is far from the truth.
Applauding the models in his series, DeVito tells Elle that the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. “I’m hoping that people will just start to learn to accept themselves more and not compare themselves to what other people look like,” he says. We love seeing strides being taken to normalize acne and make people feel more confident in their skin, whatever that looks like.