She Got Tired Of Bullies Teasing Her Birthmarks, So She Decided To Flaunt Them.
Yulianna Yussef had it tough growing up in the Ukraine. The little girl was constantly teased, called a cow and dalmatian because of all the spots covering her face, arms, legs, and torso. Yussef was born with congenital melanocytic nevus (CMN).
This condition happens because of a mutation of cells during utero. It occurs in one percent of the population. The 22-year-old, however, does not hide from her moles. Instead, she has set up her own Instagram account with the hashtag #bareyourbirthmarks.
With over 22,000 followers and counting, Yussef, hopes that by showing herself to the world people will be more accepting and kind. The former photographer who now lives in Warsaw, Poland, is proud that her mom never gave up on her despite the fact that doctors believed she would not survive past a couple of hours after birth. Her brave posts have given encouragement to others who are living with similar skin conditions.
The Ukranian-Lebanese beauty wants to use social media to share her feelings about living with CMN.
People from all over the world who also live with CMN, are happy that Yulianna is sharing her story.
It has not always been easy living with this condition. "When I was 15, my friend told me that walking with me was like walking with a monkey because everyone looked at me," says Yulianna.
Yulianna has said that she would require at least 12 surgeries to remove the moles.
"My skin is not the same as yours, and it’s very noticeable because I’m strewn with brown spots of various sizes, which are called birthmarks," wrote Yulianna in one of her posts.
Yulianna and her mom didn't find out what her condition was called until she was seven years old.
She admits she still gets stared at walking down the street or she hears people murmuring how unattractive she is.
"There’s no need to feel an aversion towards us – everyone has birthmarks. We just have them in bigger quantities and in different sizes," explains Yulianna.
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Source: Huffington Post