Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Dress Statement
“I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars,” she told the U.K. channel, “and I think it’s really special to stand up for that.”
Princess Eugenie made a big statement on her wedding day by choosing a dress that revealed her scoliosis surgery scar. At the age of 12, she underwent spinal fusion surgery to address her 72-degree curvature. Before the big day, she told reporters, “I had an operation when I was 12 on my back, and you’ll see on Friday [at the wedding], but it’s a lovely way to honor the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this.”
The impact of her dress choice goes far beyond her wedding day. Her dress tells a story. She is not only raising scoliosis awareness but also encouraging scoli kids and teens to embrace what makes them unique. Embrace the scars, the rib humps, the shoulder differences. Embrace it all.
In today’s society, it is so easy to get caught up with what the media considers “beautiful.” Luckily, we have scoliosis warriors like Princess Eugenie challenging us to redefine beauty and reminding us to be proud of who we are and where we have been. And always remember that the most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.