This woman has been the subject of ridicule due to the distinctive black spots all over her body. Despite her skin condition, she has learned to love herself for who she is, because it’s what’s inside that matters! Today, this confident woman hopes to inspire more people to embrace who they are, through her inspirational story.
Ever since she was a kid, Beatriz Pugliese, 22, had been given cruel nicknames such as “monkey,” and “dalmatian,” owing to her large birthmarks appearing on almost 80 percent of her body.
Her rare skin condition, known as giant congenital melanocytic nevus, affects one in every 500,000 people in the world.
“Some children did say really horrible things, they told me I looked like a monkey and used to give me dirty looks,” said Pugliese, a laboratory assistant from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Pugliese has undergone over 30 surgeries to remove parts of her birthmark, ever since she was six months old.
However, in 2008, Pugliese decided against further surgery for an inspiring reason—she thinks she should accept her differences as they are a part of her.
“I would always tell others that we have to learn to be happy with what we have, in every sense of life but specifically in our differences,” she told MailOnline.
“I’m very happy to be the way I am,” she said. “Of course I used to wonder why it had happened to me, but I would never want to be different.”
Her positive self-image comes from the love and support she received from her family and boyfriend. Ever since she was young, her family has never encouraged her to hide her skin from other people.
Her birthmarks have “never been a problem” for her boyfriend of three years, Fellipe Koroboff, 24, as apparently, it is Pugliese’s inner beauty that shines the brightest.
“We have to see what we are inside, it sounds cliche but it’s the truth,” she said.
“My birthmarks make it easy to see that the skin is just an organ to protect what really matters.”
Ms. Pugliese, a nature enthusiast, hopes to work with animals, such as monkeys.
In addition, she also aspires to encourage others to love and accept themselves through her story.
“I hope to inspire other people to embrace who they are, and to be confident in their own skin,” she asserted.
“If I did not have these spots, I’m sure that I would be a completely different person.”
What a confident young woman with a lovely smile! She is beautiful for her positive approach towards life, just as Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran wrote: “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”
Photo credit: Instagram | beatrizliana.