A toddler born with a white streak in her brown hair loves to dress up as Disney villain Cruella de Vil.
When Talyta Yousself Aziz gave birth to her daughter Mayah in 2018, she wasn’t surprised to see her with two different hair colors.
Talyta, her mother, grandfather, auntie, and cousins were all born with piebaldism – a condition characterized by the absence of melanocytes in certain areas of hair and skin.
From the moment Mayah entered the world, she was encouraged by her mother to love her striking white streak.
Although she’s only a toddler, the adorable girl has been embracing her Disney villain lookalike Cruella De Vil, who has a black and white hairstyle.
“Piebaldism runs in our family so we knew there was a high probability that Mayah would also have it,” Talyta shared.
“From the moment she was born, Mayah had so many white hairs on the front of her head. My doula posted a picture on social media and days later, we were invited by a photographer to do a photoshoot,” the mother continued.
“The pictures from the photoshoot spread across the internet and without reading anything, my friends instantly knew Mayah was mine simply from her hair.”
“I tried to hide my white hair until my twenties. I’d hide it behind other strands – worried that people would bully me,” Talyta continued.
“I soon realised though that I was unique and special. I want to set that example for Mayah. People always stop us to say how special she is.
“Ever since I started posting photos of Mayah on social media, people have compared her to Cruella, Rogue from X-Men and Anna from Frozen.
“That’s when I thought it would be a lovely idea for us to dress up together as those characters. I want Mayah to have fun memories about the way she looks. I want her to embrace being a superhero.”
Talyta added: “Other people who are different have reached out to us thanking us for helping them accept themselves.
“It’s so sad that people have hid themselves away. We don’t need to be the same to be beautiful.
“Everyone has a heart inside to accept and love. We are living in a time of knowledge and transformation. Let’s embrace what makes us different.”
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