It’s not a black eye: Woman with unusual blue birthmark gets stopped by strangers who think she’s been punched
A woman with a BLUE birthmark above her eye has revealed she is constantly stopped by worried strangers who think she’s been punched.
Kristen Luong, 36, was born with the unique marking called nevus of Ota around her right eye.
The nevus of Ota appears as blue or grey pigmentation on the face and can be mistaken for a bruise.
Despite the nuisance of being pestered by the public, Kristen wears her ‘black eye’ with pride and refuses to cover it up.
Luckily the New York fashion designer’s favourite colour is blue and she’s even dyed her hair to prove it.
Kristen, who runs clothing label KROMAGNON, said: “The birthmark can resemble a bruise or one that is in the process of healing.
“It can get bothersome at times when people yell out or cat call me. People ask me if I got punched in the eye a lot.
“Some men would try and be protective about it and say they would beat the guy who gave me my black eye, not knowing it’s just a birthmark.
“There are times when I would get asked at least once a day when I go outside of my apartment.
“The funny thing is for the most part of my day I wouldn’t even remember that it was there until someone comment on it.
“That’s when I get the jolt of memory – I do have a birthmark.”
Kristen considered having it laser removed when she was younger but now the 36-year-old is glad she turned down the opportunity.
The fashionista even opts for sheer make-up that shows off the blue colouring.
She added: “I think I’ve accepted my birthmark for as far back as I could remember.
“I had the thought of permanently removing it with lasers and have had many opportunities to but I never got around to it.
“The only reason I would even consider removing it was just to stop getting harassed on the street for it.
“But that’s minor enough that I no longer feel the need to remove it at all.
“Now that I’m an adult, I wear it proudly. I don’t go out of my way to cover it up with makeup.
“I only wear foundation on special occasions throughout my adulthood and when I do I use a sheer coverage foundation which lets my birthmark show through.”
Kristen revealed she also has nevus of Ito – a similar blue marking that appear on her right shoulder.
She said: “My case is pretty unique having both nevus of Oto and Ito. I’ve always been proud of my markings.
“I think it’s important for women to embrace their own beauty because we can’t please everyone.
“Women should enhance their features and not go to the extreme just to look like everybody else who’s trending.
“This is one of the reasons I decided to keep my birthmark instead of going to get it laser treated for removal.
“I know a lot of women with birthmarks like mine who cover theirs up with makeup or remove theirs permanently.
“There’s nothing wrong with that, but for me, it is a choice I’ve made to keep mine.
“I embrace my birthmark for its uniqueness and it makes me proud to be who I am.”