Smile Train has launched a campaign called ‘Beauty in Every Smile’, that looks to celebrate the beauty and diversity in smiles.
This follows research which found that a third of people in the UK with a facial difference have been discriminated against, and a quarter bullied.
Fronting the campaign is talented London-based photographer, Fanny Beckman, who is renowned for shining a spotlight on inequality and social injustices in her work. (Her previous projects have included Women of My Generation and Take Back the Streets.)
In collaboration with Smile Train, she has captured the smiles of 12 cleft-affected people from across the UK – who have all overcome mistreatment, bullying or discrimination because of their facial difference.
These 2m high images will be displayed on London’s South Bank from Thursday 5th – Saturday 7th October. Alongside the exhibition, we will also be sharing the stories of each person, highlighting their experiences of growing up with a cleft and how this has impacted how they feel about their smile.
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