Quirky Collections

There are some very strange artefacts to be found here at Maidstone Museum, not least our 19th Century removable beauty marks
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Quirky Collections

Maidstone Museum
29th Jan 2014
By Maidstone Museum

There are some very strange artefacts to be found here at Maidstone Museum, not least our 19th Century removable beauty marks, or ‘mouche’. The use of stick-on moles originated in the 17th century as a way to cover a female’s (or indeed male’s) blemishes or spots and create the desired ‘porcelain look’. In the 20th century they were reintroduced following the likes of Marilyn Monroe who created a vogue for beauty marks, encouraging others to mimic this look. They show the importance of self-image and the bizarre lengths society would go to in the name of beauty!

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