That blue gray patch covering half of his face, for many years, remained hidden under makeup. Then Carlotta Bertotti decided to show it: she understood that she was an important part of herself. A part that the others would have learned to appreciate too, if she had done it first.
Carlotta Bertotti is from Turin, she has 23 years old and 174 thousand followers on Instagram. Model and law student, in her first book, Indelible (Solferino) – which will be presented on Friday 6 October at the Binaria bookshop in Turin – spoke about the Nevus of Ota, a benign skin disease which manifests itself, on his face, with a great desire.
And which Carlotta decided to reveal to the world in the year of her graduation, 2018. «During the school trip to Valencia. I had made a plan, it had to happen on the first day. But I also left myself the possibility, at the last minute, to change my mind”, she says in an interview with Courier. «In Valencia I only had a moment of panic, when a classmate wanted to take a class photo. I had decided to prepare a specific post to communicate it to the world. In that photo, I’m not there. At that time, I had a great control freak, that photo was beyond what I had in mind and I went haywire. On August 12, a few months later, I remade myself in Sicily, in front of my friends from the sea. One of them told me: “I’ve always known this”. When I returned to Turin I exposed myself without make-up.”
Since then, Carlotta has been followed by many followers, and a year ago she signed with her agency, la One Shot. «After I removed my makeup, Brock Elbank contacted mea photographer known for his revolutionary creative project in which he portrays unique subjects, outside the conventional canons.”
Today Carlotta considers her nevus a (beautiful) feature. «I really couldn’t see myself without it. If before I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror, today I do nothing but look at it because I like it very aesthetically.” Faced with such safety, even the followers are admired: «Most of the people are very nice, they thank me, they even tell me that I saved their lives. For many I resemble an elf, a fairy. Others, however, accused me of even being a reptilian. Many continue to think that the stain is a problem for me, I recognize their difficulty as they relate to me. Then I try to find a way to make them feel comfortable. After a while, no one pays attention anymore.”