Huong Ngo

By Huong Ngo

LifeBuzz Staff

Model Uses Her Birthmark To Make A Powerful Point About Individuality.

Although birthmarks in general are pretty common, there are various types of birthmarks that can be more rare than others. Mariana Mendes from Brazil has one particularly rare mark on her face called congenital melanocytic nevus. It's a huge black spot that covers a big portion of her face. Although this may sound like something many people would be embarrassed of, Mendes feels the complete opposite.

Instead of hiding it or attempting to get rid of it, Mendes embraces the birthmark. While some insult it and call it ugly, she thinks of it as a beautiful difference that separates her from everyone else.

An extremely unique model, Mariana Mendes, has arose showing others that being different can still be beautiful.

She has a large birthmark on her face that many often mistaken for a "facial tattoo."

An extremely unique model, Mariana Mendes, has arose showing others that being different can still be beautiful.

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Despite all the critics calling her large congenital melanocytic nevus "ugly" and "strange," she's fully embraced her rare look.

Despite all the critics calling her large congenital melanocytic nevus "ugly" and "strange," she's fully embraced her rare look.

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The 24-year-old from Juiz de Fora, Brazil hasn't let the insults affect her at all.

She's continued to pursue modeling and even did a particular photo shoot to show what it means to be beautiful.

The 24-year-old from Juiz de Fora, Brazil hasn't let the insults affect her at all.

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Mendes believes that her birthmark is unique.

And to be frank, that's the only opinion that matters. She has learned to love it and is happy that it makes her stand out from everyone else.

Mendes believes that her birthmark is unique.

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The birthmark covers her right eye, part of her nose, and her right cheek.

When we said it was rare, we weren't kidding -- it affects approximately one in every 20,000 babies.

The birthmark covers her right eye, part of her nose, and her right cheek.

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