She was born with moles raised black moles all over her face. She never had them removed. She had an older sister who was quite beautiful. She was said to look like the statute of Athena in the Vatican, but Elsa Schaiparelli’s mother always told her she was ugly. And she didn’t feel good about herself until her uncle — who was the foremost astronomer in the world at the time — Giovanni Schaiparelli … took his little niece to the observatory and he asked her to look in the telescope and what she saw was the Big Dipper and he said, “That’s what’s on your face.” And from then on she felt quite attractive. She had a broach made by Cartier that echoed the moles on her face and she wore it under the moles. It became a source of pride for her, that this constellation was on her cheek.
Image of Elsa Schiaparelli, 1932, by George Hoynignen-Huene via We Had Faces Then