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Sunday, November 19, 2006

The real reason we haven't seen Suri Cruise: a birthmark?

We've been very excited to see the new photos of Suri Cruise, 7 months old, taken this week leading up to Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' wedding. These first candid photos of their baby are exciting for several reasons. The first is that we've been deprived of photos of her since her Vanity Fair debut, the second is that we've been deprived of candid photos of her up to this point, but thirdly because the photos reveal what may be the true reason Suri has been kept out of the public eye.

We'd like to call your attention to what appears to be a slight but distinctive birthmark located in the middle of her forehead between her eyes visible in several photos that was not visible in the Vanity Fair photos. It was rumored that there was a lot of airbrushing involved in her Vanity Fair shoot and this is what was probably airbrushed. In these new candid shots of her, her thick black hair is combed forward, most likely in an attempt to conceal the mark. Of course, it is also possible Suri fell and bruised her face.

We don't know what type of birthmark this is, but it's likely they have tried to have it removed or reduced because the color is very subtle.

From what we understand, there are three major types of birthmarks: port wine stains, hemangiomas, and vascular malformations. According to and, hemangiomas are reddish in color, 83% occur on the head and neck area, occur 5 times more often in females, appear at or shortly after birth, growing rapidly for first nine months and most stop growing by 18 months,can be raised, flat or both, responds to steroid treatment but only some respond to laser treatment. Port wine stains are red or purple, can appear anywhere on body, are present at birth, don't grow, are flat at birth but may slightly thicken with age, do not respond to steroid treatment but do respond to laser treatment and can change color with hot or cold temperatures.

Does the red mark on Suri's forehead look like a birthmark to you?

If the seclusion and rumored airbrushing was because of this alleged birthmark, what are the specific reasons Tom and Katie kept Suri out of public? Were Tom and Katie afraid the public would focus in on the birthmark too much? Were they uncomfortable about it themselves? Could removal of the birthmark be another reason the wedding was delayed?


  • my niece has the same birhtmark, it becomes lighter with age, and is very apparent when she is mad

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:30 PM  

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