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We're not lying, a big schnoz may actually keep you healthy. Photo: Getty Images

If you don't like what you see in the mirror, consider yourself lucky!

Beauty "imperfections" can actually be an asset when it comes to thwarting disease, the Daily Mail reports.

Researchers have found that so-called figure flaws such as a big nose or supersized keister may protect us from a variety of ailments, according to the paper.

Take that, Angelina!

For instance, researchers in Turkey reportedly found that large breasts cause back pain and a curvature of the spine, while the University of Vienna found that smaller boobs are more sensitive (wink wink). In other words, your girls may not fill out a Victoria's Secret bra, but it's what's inside that counts.

A large nose, meanwhile, reportedly inhales 7 percent fewer pollutants, such as dust and airborne bacteria, according to research from the University of Iowa.


And there's a reason why they call moles "beauty marks." Though having moles can increase your risk of skin cancer, those with blemished skin (as in, more than 100 moles) are reportedly younger biologically than their less dotty counterparts, and have a lower risk of age-related ailments such as heart disease and osteoporosis, King's College of London has found.

"The results of this study show, for the first time, that moley people who have a slightly increased risk of melanoma may, on the other hand, have the benefit of a reduced rate of aging," lead researcher Dr. Veronique Bataille told the Daily Mail.

Got shapeless hips? You're in luck. The University of Southampton in England found that women whose mothers had wide hips were more than three times more likely to get breast cancer because of estrogen levels.

Having junk in your trunk can also be a good thing. Oxford University reportedly determined that gaining weight in the butt rather than the stomach can cut the risk of diabetes while promoting good cholesterol over bad cholesterol.

Redheads, on the other hand, are able to maintain their natural hair color for longer than blondes and brunettes battling white hairs, according to the University of Bradford.

And don't let those cankles get you down -- scientists reportedly suggest that lower body fat cells are healthy, and that beefy ankles can be good for mobility and indicate well-structured tendons. Hear that, Christian Louboutin?

Big ears, meanwhile, are reportedly useful for better hearing, large thighs can carry a lower risk of premature death and heart disease (because they suggest a more active lifestyle), short and stumpy legs could have larger bones that ward off osteoporosis, short toes require less energy when walking and flat feet are less susceptible to injuries, according to the source.

Phew. Next thing you know they'll be telling us that a bad hair day can cure cancer. Fingers crossed.

In related news, read why good looks can mask signs of bad health.