Scars Are Beautiful

Destroying the stigma of open heart surgery scars

Brigitta Zatko

PHOTOGRAPHER

Brigitta was inspired to create Scars Are Beautiful because of her own experiences.    She was born with two congenital heart defects: coarctation of the aorta and aortic stenosis.  Brigitta has had three open heart surgeries.  The first one at eleven days old, the second one at three years old, and the last one at fifteen years old.  With a scar down the middle of her chest for as long as she can remember, Brigitta knew she was different from most people.  Growing up she felt insecure and ashamed of her body and disease due to society's standard of beauty.  It wasn't until she saw a young women modelling