Scars Uncovered


Embracing My Scars: A Journey of Self-Acceptance and Empowerment

Hi, I'm Cindy Ko, and I want to share with you a part of my life that has shaped me into the person I am today. When I was just a young toddler, I had a challenging encounter with a pot of hot noodle soup that left me with severe burns. Although I don't remember the incident, the stories my mother told me about that fateful day have had a profound impact on my life.

My mom acted quickly to care for me, rushing me to the bathroom to run cold water on my burns and remove my winter clothes. I ended up in the hospital for my injuries, and my journey towards embracing my scars began from that moment on.

As I grew up, my mother raised me with a remarkable attitude – she taught me not to care about my scars, and for the most part, I didn't. Of course, there were times when I wondered what I would look like without them, or if people were staring at my breasts or the scar itself during my teenage years. I even encountered hurtful comments from those around me, like being referred to as "the girl with the ugly scar" or being questioned about why I didn't try to cover up my scars.

Despite these occasional moments of self-doubt and hurtful remarks, I held firm in my belief that my scars did not define me. They were a part of me, a reminder of my strength and resilience in the face of adversity. I refused to let them stop me from living life to the fullest or from forming meaningful relationships.

One significant moment that further reinforced my perspective was an encounter during my time working in retail. A mother and daughter walked in, and the young girl had a scar similar to mine. I took the opportunity to speak with her after her mom told me her story and how she felt embarrassed of her scars, offering words of encouragement and telling her how beautiful she was just the way she was. That moment of connection made me realize that I had the power to make a difference in someone else's life by sharing my story and promoting self-acceptance.

This realization led me to start a photography campaign to celebrate the beauty that goes beyond surface appearances. The campaign aims to showcase people with scars of all kinds and share their inspiring stories of triumph and self-acceptance. I wanted others to know that they should never feel ashamed or compelled to hide their scars, as they are a part of what makes them unique and beautiful.

Through this campaign, I hope to inspire people to embrace their scars and to recognize that true beauty lies in our authenticity and the stories that shape us. Each scar tells a powerful tale of strength and survival, and I believe that by sharing these stories, we can change lives and empower others to feel beautiful just the way they are.

So, I invite you to join me in this journey of self-acceptance and empowerment. Let's show the world that we are all human, with unique stories that deserve to be celebrated. Together, we can break free from the constraints of society's beauty standards and embrace the beauty that radiates from within. Let us be proud of our scars, for they are a testament to our resilience and our ability to rise above life's challenges. Together, we can change lives and inspire others to feel beautiful, just as they are.


Scars uncovered series (what's included?):





Imagine how you're going to feel after looking at these portraits of yourself.

Imagine how this could change the way others look at their own scars.

Imagine feeling more confident, empowered, and beautiful. 

Imagine inspiring others with your courage.

Let’s celebrate our bodies, share our stories, and show that our scars are a part of us, a story to be told. 

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