A site dedicated to Faces, Facial Differences, and Heroes, Villians and Fools

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You’ve come to the right place to learn about faces, especially ones that stand out in a crowd—the good, the bad, and the “ugly.” Together we’ll learn and share insights—via blogs, guest blogs, comments, and even painted portraits—about the social and psychological aspects of living with “facial differences” in a world that emphasizes looks.

What you bring to the discussion:

  • a lifetime of experience looking at and reacting to faces
  • a willingness to be open-minded and to engage and comment when so moved.

What I bring:

  • I’ve produced TV documentaries on the stigmatizing effects of oral-facial disorders and the psychological issues around reconstructive surgery.
  • Because I grew up with a cleft lip and palate, I’ve studied the social-psychological aspects of facial differences and painted many portraits celebrating faces.
  • I’ve written a memoir, Cleft Heart: Chasing Normal, which conveys my experiences as a cleft kid. It is the first published memoir by a cleft about the cleft experience.
    When Wayman Publishing released the book, rave reviews poured in. Cleft Heart shows bullied clefts and others that they can survive and thrive, giving them and their loved ones hope that they can live normal lives. [Continue reading]

Measuring facial symmetry in cleft lip kids and everyday people.

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How the heck did Dr. Coe manage to visualize the tangle of my oral tissue and muscle when he sewed me—Humpty Dumpty— back together?  As I wrote in my memoir, Cleft Heart: chasing normal,            "With final form and functionality in mind, Dr. Coe … [Continue reading]

Lookism: fat & body shaming (even by a Playmate).

Lookism: Color picture of plus-sized model Ashley Graham on Sports Illustrated cover.

Lookism surfaced once again with a vengeance earlier this month. During Labor Day weekend, a Playboy playmate body-shamed a woman working out at her gym. Lookism: body shaming.One of the original stories about this appeared at TheWrap:  "The woman … [Continue reading]

Friends, ex boy/girl-friends resort to cyberbullying.

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Study: Friends, exes turn to cyberbullying According to the recent following article by Ben Schmitt, friends and exes turn to cyberbullying more often that strangers:'Teen cyberbullying usually involves friends and dating partners rather than … [Continue reading]

Cleft lip & palate + cyberbullying songs: American Idol tie-in

Cameron Richard

 American Idol this year has connections to two issues dear to my heart: the craniofacial disorders known as cleft lip and palate kids and the cyberbullying they often experience. The connections include a young singer from greater New Orelans, … [Continue reading]

Beauty varies by country/sex, but lookism still fuels surgeries.

Half-Japanese beauty chosen to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

As we try to fight lookism, we see one obvious factor supporting our cause. It is the fact that beauty and attractiveness vary by sex and by country. That is, men and women have different ideals regarding attractiveness as do people from different … [Continue reading]

Cambodia’s rate of untreated cleft lip and palate: world’s worst.

Cleft lip affected author and wife at Cambodian king's palace.

Cambodia's beauty hides some ugly truths.Cambodia is a beautiful country which allows some of its not-so-beautiful cleft lip and palate babies to go untreated. I traveled there less than a year ago to pay homage to the country's beauty and … [Continue reading]

Jesus with a cleft lip in Mary-Magdalene biopic?

Head shot of Joaquin Phoenix + cleft lip closeup.

Joaquin Phoenix Will Likely Play Jesus with a cleft lip.Hollywood is abuzz with the news that Joaquin Phoenix will likely play Jesus, with a cleft lip,  in a new movie about Mary Magdalene—an important woman in Jesus' life. It will reportedly be "an … [Continue reading]