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Beauty insecurity explored and how to embrace your unique look

January 7, 2012 |  7:00 am

Lauren Hutton
There don't seem to be many women -- men either, for that matter -- who feel entirely comfortable with their looks.

Part of it is due to the barrage of images in magazines, advertisements and onscreen of perfect looking people who have benefited from makeup artists, hairstylists, dressers and more. (Some of those images, by the way, aren't even of real people -- take retailer H&M, which recently admitted to using the magic of technology to put photos of real models' faces on computer-generated bodies in its online catalog.)

Part of our insecurity may be due to obsessing over minor imperfections or perceived flaws. Taken to an extreme, this can become a psychological condition called Body Dysmorphic Disorder. For a story in this Sunday's Image section, writer Alene Dawson explored beauty insecurity and talked to experts about how to build confidence. For instance, some of the exercises used for people with BDD might also help anyone who isn't completely comfortable in her (or his) own skin.

And remember, what one person thinks of as a flaw another can turn into an asset. Think of the gap in Lauren Hutton's teeth, for instance, and embrace what makes you unique, Dawson says.

Dawson is scheduled to talk more about the story and about embracing your unique beauty in a segment on KTLA-Channel 5's "Sunday Edition," which begins at 8 p.m. Sunday.

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-- Susan Denley

Photo: File photo of Modern-day style icon and famous fashion model Lauren Hutton in her gardens at home in Venice. Hutton is wearing a Thakoon dress, Alexander Wang blazer and Lulu Frost for Chris Benz necklaces. She was styled by Melissa Magsaysay. Credit:  Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times.

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