A mum who had long been bullied for her rare skin condition has landed a major modeling gig after getting scouted online.
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33-year-old Cheryl Shaw had been looked down on for her entire life because of Congenital Melanocytic Nevus, a condition that causes pigmentation marks on the skin.
Despite a tough childhood and lots of name-calling, the mother-of-two never let others get to her which is why she set up an Instagram page where she proudly shares photos of herself.
After accepting her imperfections and showcasing them to the world, Cheryl has picked interest in a charity called Models of Diversity who offered her a modeling gig.
“I lacked confidence because of being bullied throughout my life for my skin tone. The condition has caused patches of my skin to appear darker which gives them a mole-like appearance,” Cheryl explained.
“I would be called a ‘101 Dalmatian’ or that I look like a cookie or a leopard due to my darker spots. Growing up I felt so abnormal but I’d always wanted to be a model even though I knew it was unlikely.
“I used to call them beauty spots when I was younger but now I try and educate people by telling them that I have congenital melanocytic nevus. I also enjoy showing my son’s, Javante, 11, and Vito, three, that it’s fine to have imperfections.
“It has been a dream come true to be scouted by Models of Diversity who have put me in touch with huge brands, New Look and ASOS, who provided some amazing clothes for my photoshoot last week.”
As the brave woman added, she finally feels great in her own body after hating her looks for years because of people’s comments.
“I really disliked what I saw in the mirror and I was so self-conscious. But since setting up my Instagram page I have gained a lot more confidence due to the vast amount of supportive comments,” she admitted.
“I couldn’t be more excited for the future now and modeling clothes loaned by New Look and ASOS was a dream come true.
“I hope others read my story and seek hope from it and realize you can achieve your dreams no matter what you’ve been through.”
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