Walk into any beauty store or store that sells beauty products and you’ll be instantly reminded about all your imperfections. Because society does not teach us to embrace our unique beauty, we often walk through our days feeling inadequate or even ugly. And if someone has a few negative experiences, where bullies call them ugly as an example, their entire outlook on life can become tainted. And that is a horrible fate. One young woman, who was born with a black mark on her face, is now proving every one of her doubters wrong. And it is inspiring countless young women across the globe…
24-year-old Mariana Mendes might have come in the world with a large birthmark, but she is not going out without staying true to her own beauty. Although everyone always called her birthmark ugly, the congenital melanocytic nevus on her face was there to stay.
But Mendes is tired of feeling ugly. Now she is standing up for herself. She is hitting back telling her haters that her birthmark makes her unique, different. She claims that is a sign of beauty and strength and is not ugly.
Because her family hated the way she looked, Mendes underwent laser surgery multiple times to try to reduce the size of the birthmark. At the time, she was only five years old and didn’t have a choice in the matter. Her mother was so worried that she would get bullied in school; she was willing to put her little girl through surgery.
But when Mendes was six, she said no to any more surgeries. She thought her birthmark was unique and beautiful.
“My mom was worried,” Mendes told Brazilian newspaper O Globo. “She didn’t want me to suffer any bullying, but I don’t remember ever having any problems in school. When I was 6, she asked me if I wanted to continue with the birthmark removal procedures that I did in Sao Paulo. I told her no.”
Mendes decided to embrace the birthmark. It was a part of her and she felt good about how she looked. Now she is hoping that her self-confidence can inspire other individuals with “ugly” birthmarks.
“I feel more beautiful and totally different from other people because I have a nevus,” she told Metro UK. “Having a nevus that is as large as mine is not common, so of course there are many people who stare and who don’t like it, but I don’t care.”
Although people still comment and question her mark, she approaches it with a positive slant.
“A lot of people ask me about my birthmark, sometimes they think it’s makeup or a tattoo but I don’t mind and explain it to them.”
Haters still share their negative feedback on her face. She brushes it off and strides forward.
“I’m proud of having a nevus, it’s a part of who I am and how I learned to like myself,” she said.
For anyone with a birthmark or other mark, Mendes hopes to be a source of strength.
“I find living with a facial nevus very easy because I like it a lot and I want others to feel as confident as I do about their nevi,” she noted.
Oh yeah, I didn’t mention. Now she is a model. See her video below…
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