Finding Love with a Facial Difference

October 29, 2020Uncategorized

Not quite a fashion model Hi there, my name’s Zoë Cross – Zoë Anthea Cross. I wouldn’t stress my middle name so much, but I’ve discovered I have an Australian namesake who is a fashion model. Maybe one day I can still go into mature modelling, for people with a facial difference, but that’s a … Read More

Donate

August 7, 2020Uncategorized

Donations can be made directly to Face Equality International using the details below. We are so grateful for any contribution you can make to fund our vital work. FEI BANKING Address of the Bank NatWest International 35 High Street St Peter Port Guernsey GY1 4BE United Kingdom Bank NatWest International A/c: FACE EQUALITY INTERNATIONAL Sort … Read More

Different: A blog from Sharon

July 25, 2020Uncategorized

Growing up with a birthmark and the implications of negative depictions of facial difference on screen Sharon explores the offensive casting for the new Amazon Prime Lord of the Rings series, and what this means to her Different. I got used to that word from an early age. ‘You look different to other kids. Because … Read More

To wear a face mask or not…

April 15, 2020Uncategorized

James Partridge, Founder of Face Equality International Wearing facial protection will soon become normal, according to the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 spokesman David Nabarro in an interview with the BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p089cz1s Despite conflicting evidence about whether face masks are effective in protecting people from Covid-19 (eg: eyes can still be recipients of the droplets), Nabarro … Read More

Chelsey Peat – My Decision Not to Hide

March 5, 2020Uncategorized

I was born with Sturge-Weber Syndrome, with a large port-wine stain birthmark covering the left side of my head and neck. Lots of extra blood vessels resulted in glaucoma and visible differences in my left eye. Growing up was a struggle, especially in a small town. My nickname from the bullies was “Two Face.” I … Read More

Open Letter to Sir Peter Jackson and Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon

December 20, 2019Uncategorized

Recruitment of Orcs Dear Sir Peter and Mr Bezos, It has been widely reported in the UK media this week (see links below) that the casting agencies working on Amazon TV’s new series based on Lord of the Rings are desperately seeking people with “flawed faces” who are “hairy, toothless, wrinkled and extremely tall and … Read More

Facial Expressions and Facial Paralysis – an excerpt from Kathleen Bogart

November 15, 2019Uncategorized

Kathleen Bogart, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Oregon State University. Making a first impression While facial expressions aren’t the only thing that go into a first impression, they are a pretty big element. So basing our impressions of others on their facial expressions is usually an effective strategy. However, the accuracy of impressions breaks down when … Read More

A Message from David, Star of Happy Face

August 21, 2019Uncategorized

“Part autobiographical coming-of-age story, part Dungeons & Dragons fuelled fable, part antitode to the Tyranny of Beauty. No makeup, no sfx, no filter. This is HAPPY FACE.” “HAPPY FACE, written by Alexandre Franchi & Joëlle Bourjolly and directed by Alexandre Franchi, is basedon autobiographical events as Alexandre grew up witnessing his single mother’s struggle with cancer. … Read More