Own your face | Robert Hoge | TEDxSouthBank

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Father, author of the book 'Ugly' and political advisor Robert Hoge explores why we all need to own our own faces. Sharing his own personal story, Robert examines, life, love, beauty, imperfection and pain in this powerful TEDxTalk.
Robert Hoge has worked as a journalist, a speechwriter, a science communicator for the CSIRO and a political advisor to the former Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier. While he never went far with his professional lawn bowls career, Robert did carry the Olympic torch in 2000. He is married and lives in Brisbane with an eleven-year-old daughter who thinks his Olympic torch would make a really great cricket bat.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx


  1. Irini K.
    Irini K.
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    I'm really impressed of the way this man learned to deal with his "problem" * from a very very young age ( *problem in the way it appears to the society who is guided to certain, even optic values for what is beautiful or not). That was really inspiring!

  2. Bean Slinger
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    i keep thinking that the comments would be bad but now im regaining some hope for the internet

  3. Sir TyKai
    Sir TyKai
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    is it wierd i find him attractive?

  4. DB
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  5. jboremus
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    Beautiful inside and out

  6. Cinara Vieira
    Cinara Vieira
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    10:30 - I know I cannot compare my anguish to yours but your story of having a great sibling reminded me of my sister. When I was 6-7 yrs old, I started crying and she asked me - she was 5-6 then - why. I told her I didn`t like my forehead to be so large and she came with this one: "Only clever people like you and dad have large a forehead..." What a lesson! I´m sure you`re an amazing guy for the things you`ve been through and for how you literally faced them! May God be with you always! (from Brazil)

  7. PatriciaWSchroeder J HowardBAlexander
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  8. Susan Brown
    Susan Brown
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    You are very beautiful and funny and talented inside and out.

  9. Amalia Parada
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  10. Fp Chauvette
    Fp Chauvette
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    There shouldn't have been a discussion about if you would be going home, but when it might be safe for you to make the trip home with your parents.. accommodations, and how to care for you.. things of that nature.

  11. Brandon Taylor
    Brandon Taylor
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    That there is a real man. A solid, strong, real man. So much respect for him. I hope I grow to be half the man he is

  12. Claudia Faccenda
    Claudia Faccenda
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    Thx ❤️

  13. dmk
    Pred 16 hodinami

    Guy should play in star trek 🤣🤣

  14. Ruth Brent
    Ruth Brent
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    Why do I love my scars more than my face? Maybe it's because I'm almost always forced to look at them.

  15. Joseph Kelley
    Joseph Kelley
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    Took a speaking class a couple years back - it was given by our city. OWNING OUR FACE is so important - so glad this is here. .

  16. Fp Chauvette
    Fp Chauvette
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    The climb and the journey have little or nothing to do with the way one looks, specifically as much as they have to do with the way one grows in spirit.

  17. Рози Роза
    Рози Роза
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    His mom sounds horrible wtf

  18. Cynthia Barrón
    Cynthia Barrón
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    i’m a striver for perfection in beauty, but sometimes we need to remind ourselves perfect doesn’t mean it’s right. this man has been through lot worse just because of his face. “own your face” it’s stuck with me forever, a reminder that how i look doesn’t have anything to do with who am i/who are we :)

  19. Atiya Firdaus
    Atiya Firdaus
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    Not every mother of this whole world love their children selflessly ... Just like his mother , my own mother abandoned me just because I was much more weird at talking and the way my body was... It truly confirms me listening to him, as he also faced such horrible reactions from someone who is supposed to be the more supportive one...

  20. Kevin Budzisch
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  22. Kui Wano
    Kui Wano
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    Thank you for sharing your story, I cried because you have taught me this great lesson, now, I own my face, my body, who I am 💝

  23. Emily Ernst
    Emily Ernst
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    That was the fastest 16 minutes of my life 😂

  24. IRelentless
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    He looks better than all these e-thots begging simps to join their onlyfans.

  25. Rich Folks Hoax
    Rich Folks Hoax
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    Got to be good looking because they are so hard to see

  26. R Ø N A L D Ø
    R Ø N A L D Ø
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    I’m really glad there are more good people in the world than bad. ❤️

  27. IceMaster972
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    Consider me inspired.

  28. David Saldaña
    David Saldaña
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    wow, man you predicted my line of thinking. My respects.

  29. Helen Bryan
    Helen Bryan
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    Powerful! Thank you for being you.

  30. Friend Guy
    Friend Guy
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    the media hollywood etc look for perfection

  31. Daniel Hernandez
    Daniel Hernandez
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    Incredible. You inspire me greatly! I suffered a fractured jaw which makes my right side of my face asymmetrical, and also have a broken nose that slants to the right side of my face. It’s amazingly true how you have to embrace you for who you are. At times it’s hard to get accepted because of your appearance, but self love and the ability to be a great person by showing love, kindness and laughter is far more desirable than a pretty face. I still struggle to accept myself and the ability to socialize freely, but this is all a learning process of learning to accept myself.

  32. Mr E Science theatre
    Mr E Science theatre
    Pred dňom

    some people are beautiful on the outside but hideus inside. heres the opposite.

  33. Piyush Raj
    Piyush Raj
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    The lesson, kids, is no matter what confidence is the key 👌 💯

  34. GrouchyAura
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    He looks different. Different is good.

  35. Zachery Saba
    Zachery Saba
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    He, and what he said, is beautiful.

  36. DS
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    I find him quite good looking actually.

  37. The Cottage
    The Cottage
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    Actually, he's very handsome.

  38. Amee Shah
    Amee Shah
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    "it's the choices that matter"

  39. Obehi Happiness
    Obehi Happiness
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    i am thankful to Dr ozuka for using his natural herbs to cure me and my partner of herpes virus now we are both cured completely with no side effects

  40. joel marqurise
    joel marqurise
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    i am thankful to Dr ozuka for using his natural herbs to cure me and my partner of herpes virus now we are both cured completely with no side effects

  41. 1cosmicdebris
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    Thank you Robert!!!! You're a badass!!!!!!!

  42. Andrea Benfell
    Andrea Benfell
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    Why do people have this thing about telling their story.

  43. Suhail
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    Leonotis ossea (SLE)

  44. Cheryl DiVitale
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  45. Jason Guinn
    Jason Guinn
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    Thank you science

  46. WeirdoNextDoor
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    And there's people who took thousands photos of themselves b4 selecting the one to post on social media...They want to impress others instead of accepting the real who they are without the makeups etc. Since i was able to win the race over 400million sperms, am unique. I highly admire this man. He is indeed a free soul...

  47. Mr. Bubbles
    Mr. Bubbles
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    Wow he looks like a Klingon!

  48. Anthony Phung
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  49. Alexander Le
    Alexander Le
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    He is my hero.

    Pred 2 dňami

    He jus inspired me on so many different levels

  51. Maija Kekkonen
    Maija Kekkonen
    Pred 2 dňami

    I have a similar experience with mild autism. I was viciously bullied at school but I have gained confidence and beaten the resulting social anxiety by accepting and being myself. But it's not an easy road. I feel for this man.

  52. Harry Jardine-Snowden
    Harry Jardine-Snowden
    Pred 2 dňami

    there no such thing a normal

  53. krookidzero
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    Robert Hoge is a beautiful being. A true example of being beautiful.

  54. evan griffith
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  55. Ricardo Ramìrez
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  56. Skepticus Maximus
    Skepticus Maximus
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    Haven't watched it yet, but I'm excited to think I could own my own face. The wife and I have only just got through paying off our elbows. We both own everything from the waist down, but obviously the wife's assets would make better collateral for refinance options. I'm willing to put in a few more shifts, if it means we could retire owning our own faces. Fingers crossed. 🤞

  57. Carla Sperandeo
    Carla Sperandeo
    Pred 3 dňami

    It matters not what the exterior may be if the heart be pure... -Abdul-Baha

  58. Vishwanath Tigadi
    Vishwanath Tigadi
    Pred 3 dňami

    He's killing the entire makeup industry

  59. Ericka Colon
    Ericka Colon
    Pred 3 dňami

    WOW this is an incredible video

  60. Carson Muscheck
    Carson Muscheck
    Pred 3 dňami

    This legit brought tears to my eyes.

  61. Jimmy Ritt
    Jimmy Ritt
    Pred 3 dňami

    squidwared be like

  62. Stefan Živković
    Stefan Živković
    Pred 3 dňami

    Imma be honest, he has a cool face

  63. Shahanig Ghukasia
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  64. The Happy Hummy
    The Happy Hummy
    Pred 3 dňami

    I face that everyone but a mother could love 😭

  65. Nachtrevi 82
    Nachtrevi 82
    Pred 3 dňami

    It's all well and good in front of educated people such as TED events though reality is a bit different; my face is heavily scarred and i get abuse 24/7, my life is practically meaningless since people cannot get past my appearance, all i feel all i wanna do is to retaliate and hurt people. it isn't about "if" it's just when i'm gonna do it how i'm gonna do it because you get to the point like a cornered animal where your options are merely succumb or retaliate and i'm not gonna kill myself.

  66. jim morrison
    jim morrison
    Pred 3 dňami

    As a Firefighter in New York I was burnt down my face and head... Thank you for this video.God Bless you.🙏

  67. Jbyrd
    Pred 4 dňami

    Anyone who can smile inside or outside is beautiful. cheers

  68. Alfredo Aguirre
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  69. kys
    Pred 4 dňami

    at least he doesnt have acne...

  70. Ryan McInnis
    Ryan McInnis
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    The scrawny rugby muhly brush because plough neuroanatomically battle under a flowery flood. mellow, measly fan

  71. Alexandra Hempsall
    Alexandra Hempsall
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    The uncanny valley is actually fascinating

  72. Claudio Rodríguez
    Claudio Rodríguez
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  73. Teijul1
    Pred 4 dňami

    I wish I wouldn't ruind my beautiful face in plastic surgery..Be aware...Plastic surgery works only to deformities

  74. CHUR
    Pred 4 dňami

    Thank you, Robert!

  75. C. Katze
    C. Katze
    Pred 4 dňami

    Appearance is so overrated.

  76. Blanca Casallas 2933
    Blanca Casallas 2933
    Pred 4 dňami

    I love this man he is beautiful ❤ his soul is amazing and he's so strong

  77. Catherine Reynolds
    Catherine Reynolds
    Pred 4 dňami

    A she was in shock

  78. Zainab Barakat
    Zainab Barakat
    Pred 4 dňami

    Salute to this man❤️❤️❤️❤️such an inspiring talk...

  79. Broly's Buns
    Broly's Buns
    Pred 4 dňami

    Omg this was in southbank southbank

  80. Animals, Nature, Beauty
    Animals, Nature, Beauty
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    Would love to have this man as a friend in real life...what a special person. His voice is so calming and he’s so articulate.

  81. Hyerun Nei
    Hyerun Nei
    Pred 4 dňami

    Thank you

  82. Darren Bastin
    Darren Bastin
    Pred 5 dňami

    what a brave man

  83. Havrekattan
    Pred 5 dňami

    Im going through the same as he did every day 😔

  84. Sarah L
    Sarah L
    Pred 5 dňami

    Beautiful Man and beautiful portrait.

  85. Liz Presser
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  87. Mike Litoris
    Mike Litoris
    Pred 5 dňami

    This person is beautiful You can not change my mind

  88. Snoopdoggydog
    Pred 5 dňami

    Well, someone put a ring on it and that is all that matters.

  89. R. Brown
    R. Brown
    Pred 6 dňami

    Your such a beautiful man💕

  90. Anthony Phung
    Anthony Phung
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  91. Nozima Joraboyeva
    Nozima Joraboyeva
    Pred 6 dňami

    Why nothing changed. even he had many operations done

  92. Nozima Joraboyeva
    Nozima Joraboyeva
    Pred 6 dňami

    What happened to his face

    1. Nozima Joraboyeva
      Nozima Joraboyeva
      Pred 5 dňami

      A but he mentioned he was born like that. but he had many operations done and i wonder that why his face didn't change

    2. Ori
      Pred 5 dňami

      car accidant

  93. Miki Productions
    Miki Productions
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    30 million subs! Congrats!!!!!!

  94. Roxanna Lynn
    Roxanna Lynn
    Pred 6 dňami

    Thank you! Im glad to hear you at this time ...

  95. BodomBeachKiller
    Pred 6 dňami

    I'm rarely speechless. But I'm speechless.

  96. Anders And
    Anders And
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    Is this Star Trek?

  97. Dennis Thompson
    Dennis Thompson
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  98. Louise B
    Louise B
    Pred 6 dňami

    "It's just a different decision." Beautiful.

  99. Karina
    Pred 6 dňami

    Wow, he made the best decision not to change his face. Why remove his so moving and inspiring story expressed through his face, just to fit in....? Very brave man!

  100. Eve Rod
    Eve Rod
    Pred 6 dňami

    Inspiring AF! So happy for him for not having the surgery and being the beautiful human that he is today!!