Although society has recently promoted “fair” skin to the point of fetishizing it, the fact is that acne occurs, especially among teenagers. Even Leni Klum, daughter of model Heidi Klum and a rising model in her own right, struggles with breakouts, and her latest selfie shows just how much.
On her Instagram Stories, Klum, 19, posted a close-up of her bare, makeup-free face with her eyes closed. She shared no text or audio with the image, instead letting it speak for itself. There are blemishes and red spots on her cheeks and forehead because, well, she's human.
In October 2022, Leni Klum opened up to People about her start in the modeling world at 16, a notoriously acne-prone age.
“I feel like behind acne there's a belief that you don't look good with it or that it makes you look less good than you might look,” she said. “There is this stigma. Honestly, I felt that way too, a while ago. Then I realized: Oh my God, this is normal. Everyone goes through this…. It's not bad if you have it. It's something that anyone can have and it's not your fault and it's hormonal.
Despite her maturity, she experienced moments of insecurity. “There were days when I just wanted to stay home and I didn't want to leave the house until my acne went away,” Leni Klum said. “Then I realized I couldn’t live like that. I can't let the pimples on my face stop me from leaving the house. A lot of people have acne, which makes it seem like they're not, and then people see it on social media and are like, “None of these gorgeous girls have acne.” . But some people do and I don't think it's a bad thing. No way!