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Do these Topshop 'gold scar' tattoos glamorise self-harm?

The “statement scar designs” have been criticised for appearing to make a fashion statement of self-harm.

Topshop's transferable scar tattoos, now available to purchase online
Topshop's transferable scar tattoos, now available to purchase online

HIGH STREET RETAIL giant Topshop has come under fire for including temporary tattoos of gold scars among a new range of accessories aimed at promoting “self-love”.

The fashion retailer says the “statement scar designs” – now being sold on its website – “celebrate our imperfections rather than hiding them”.

The tattoos’ packaging features the slogan, “Flaws worth fighting for”.

The collection – which includes freckles and gold “mole” dots as well as scars – was designed in collaboration with jewellery design student Lucie Davis from London art school Central Saint Martins.

“Living in the age of Photoshop and airbrushing tools, skin is always under pressure to be ‘perfect’,” Topshop said in a statement promoting the range.

Lucie’s designs aim to leave a lasting impression by ultimately encouraging a greater appreciation and ownership of ourselves; highlighting imperfections and celebrating adversity

But the retailer has faced heavy criticism on social media for appearing to make a fashion statement of self-harm.

So, what do you think?

Are temporary scar tattoos inappropriate?


Poll Results:

Yes (1681)
No (1325)
Not sure (338)



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