Beauty is being yourself, beauty is being courageous and fighting all odds. Beauty is in breaking societal stigmas the way these six incredible women are doing!
1. Harnaam Kaur
Harnaam Kaur has polycystic ovary syndrome, which meant she started growing a beard from the age eleven. Bullied at school, she started to self-harm and considered suicide, before deciding to keep her beard and step forward against society’s expectations of what a woman should look like. She is now a body-confidence activist, helping others find their own beauty.
2. Madeline Stuart
An 18-year-old aspiring model from Brisbane, Australia is changing society’s perceptions of beauty – one photo shoot at a time. Madeline Stuart who has Down Syndrome, but has not let that come in the way of her dreams, and the hope that one day it should become the ‘norm’ to see models like Madeline.
3. Lizzie Velásquez
Suffering from a rare congenital disease which makes it impossible for her to gain weight, Lizzie was bullied in a YouTube video as the “the world’s ugliest woman” when she was 17. But instead of falling apart, she bravely faced the world, teaching them about true beauty as a writer, motivational speaker and anti-bullying activist.
4. Melanie Gaydos
Melanie was born with ectodermal dysplasia, a genetic disorder affecting the growth of teeth, pores, cartilage, nails and even small bones. This means that she is bald, and has no adult teeth. It might not sound very beautiful, but with all her photoshoots and videos, Melanie has proven that she is indeed as beautiful as any other woman.
5. Chantelle Brown-Young
Chantelle, aka Winnie Harlow, has not let vitiligo, or skin depigmentation, to blind her belief in her own beauty. In fact she has proudly flaunted her spots, first on America’s Next Top Model, and then as brand ambassador of Desigual, alongside supermodel Adriana Lima. She is changing the face of international fashion and its fetish with perfection.
6. Carmen Dell’Orefice
In a world equating beauty with youth, Carmen is out to challenge the standard conventions. At 85, she is the oldest working model in the industry. Featured on Vogue’s cover in 1947, she has worked with legendary photographers over the years in a career spanning nearly 70 years, and is a constant reminder that true beauty knows no age.
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