Everyone is uniquely beautiful, and it’s important for us all to remember that instead of judging ourselves based on the standards of others. Unfortunately, people can often be cruel, and their actions impede our abilities to remain confident.
Mariana Mendes of Brazil knows that as well as anyone. After all, she was born with a rare—and very noticeable—skin condition that covers a large part of her face. But she doesn’t let that affect the way she feels about herself.
You won’t believe how lovely she is, and you’re definitely not going to want to miss what she has to say about herself!
Mariana Mendes is a gorgeous 24-year-old woman from Brazil who was born with a rare skin condition called congenital melanocytic nevus. It’s a type of rare mole, and it affects just one in every 20,000 babies.
As a result, Mariana has had a large and noticeable birthmark covering part of her nose and both above and below her right eye. An abnormally high amount of pigment caused the discoloration, making the skin darker. While this was certainly cause for jeers among her classmates growing up, Mariana completely rocks her unique look. Just see her now!
When Mariana was just five years old, her mother had her undergo laser surgery to reduce the nevus. She was concerned that other children would bully her little girl for being different. The treatment didn’t have much of an effect, but that’s not a concern anymore…
Now a stylist’s assistant in the city of Juiz de Fora, Brazil, Mariana is extremely proud of what makes her so different, and she celebrates it every chance that she can get—no matter what others might think or say to her.
Many folks would probably expect Mariana to have been embarrassed about her rare birthmark—or even become reclusive—instead of trying to see herself as an ordinary part of society. However, she’s making waves for her confidence!
Mariana is determined to continue living her life the way that she wants to live it, and she’s making sure that she’s following her own dreams, no matter what some of the more judgmental people she’s met have to say!
“I feel more beautiful and totally different from other people because I have a nevus,” said Mariana in an interview. “There are many people who stare and who don’t like it, but I don’t care.”
“I have been told by a few people that it’s ‘ugly’ or ‘strange,’ but it doesn’t bother me. That’s just their opinion and I think it’s beautiful,” she continues. “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.”
“I’m proud of having a nevus, it’s a part of who I am and how I learn to like myself,” she added.
Mariana is undeniably beautiful, and it’s wonderful that she’s able embrace that instead of letting the cruelty of others get to her. We could all learn an important lesson from this young, confident woman!
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