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Real Woman, Real Beauty: Why Our Flaws Are Beautiful

Perfection is overrated. Meet six women -- including Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi -- who have learned to embrace (and flaunt!) the imperfections that make them gorgeous.
tooth gap "My gap is sexy!"

"My gap is sexy!"
-- Michelle Taylor, 32

"I have a 1.5-millimeter gap between my two front teeth. In high school, boy, did I get teased. I insisted my mom take me to the dentist to fix the problem, but the good old man refused. He said he might consider braces in a year or so. But thanks to gap-toothed Madonna, I decided to embrace my imperfection. Now, people on the street often stop me to compliment my smile."