"Did your boyfriend beat you?" "Did you wash the rest of the paint off your face?" "You have your lipstick all over." These are just some of the comments received by the subjects of Copenhagen-based professional photographer Linda Hansen's recent photo series, titled Nevus Flammeus. Also known as port-wine stain, nevus flammeus is a congenital vascular malformation that causes birthmarks ranging in color from light rose to dark red. Staring at somebody with this condition would be considered rude if you saw them out on the street, but Hansen's portrait photography encourages you to stare in order to force the viewer to see the facial features and the person behind the birthmark.

"I want to make a confrontation," Hansen told Feature Shoot. "How long do you have to look? When do you start to see the other details in the photo? The nose or that the clothes are sitting a little wrong. All the small details are really important. When you have looked enough at these beautiful people, the mark doesn't become interesting anymore. I compare it to having a tattoo: It's curious, or a special mark with history. It's unconventional beauty. How come when you have a mark with nature, this is not OK?"

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Aegea
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3 years ago

Wow! She's so beautiful.

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Ok Ha-Neul
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3 years ago

so adorable sad though because kids can be really cruel about that kinda stuff

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Lucybaby
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3 years ago

That could work to his advantage on Halloween! How neat!

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Lucybaby
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3 years ago

Always a nose bleed, I wonder how much she's heard that? Beautiful!

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DancingToMyself
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3 years ago

Beautiful, yet sad eyes.

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Community Member
3 years ago

Her eyes are so beautiful

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Tom Verköuter
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3 years ago

Stunner either way.

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

Lovely woman.

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JANA LINGUIST34
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3 years ago

She looks still beautiful....

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Emily Wolff
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3 years ago

I'm sad that this post chooses to call these folk "brave". I have a large port wine stain and don't feel brave having my photo taken, wearing tshirts that show it off, or really doing anything to cover it up. People come in all shapes, sizes, look different, and have different characteristics. Lets get to a point where one doesn't have to be brave to be themselves.

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adriianamaria
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3 years ago

He kinda reminds me of Batman.

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Brivid
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3 years ago

I didn't realize it could affect the white of the eye.

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Joelyn Kitzmiller
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3 years ago

Very pretty!

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Rebekah
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3 years ago

What a handsome kid.

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Tammy Eads Noranzyk
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3 years ago

He looks like a rock star ⭐️

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Nancy E
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3 years ago

Before there was laser surgery, Dermablend was frequently uses by those that wished to cover. Not all do , &, that is a personal decision .

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faraway
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3 years ago

soulful looking, ocean eyes

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Amber Rodgers
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3 years ago

Reminds me of the shape of Africa

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