Sometimes social media seems to be only a way for shallow people to document their everyday life by sharing photos of their meals with their handful of followers, or to allow people to show the world exactly how silly and ridiculous they are. But there are times when these platforms are actually used for the betterment of humanity. Sometimes they are a source of inspiration, they teach us acceptance, tolerance, and self-love. And that is thanks to brave people who share their amazing life stories because they know it will help others to learn to accept themselves for who they are and no matter what they look like. Remember that 26-year-old wrinkled lady? Or the best friends who celebrated their diverseness with a photo shoot? Well, here are 10 more bloggers who show us that different is indeed beautiful, courtesy of PopSugar.
1. Evita Patcey Delmundo
Evita is a 20-year-old girl from Malaysia who was at one point in her life ashamed of her moles. She even considered having them removed, but decided against it because of the risks involved. Instead, she learned to love herself and found her self-confidence thanks to a church camp she attended when she was 16. Now she has even applied to participate in Miss Universe Malaysia 2018!
“Beauty is who you are as a person and how you love yourself. It’s never about perfection,” Evita told Elle Malaysia.
2. Khoudia Diop
Khoudia’s dark skin tone was the reason she was often bullied in school. But the 19-year-old learned to use the fact that she’s different to her advantage. She started modeling and in a very short time, she gathered over half a million followers on Instagram. Khoudia is no longer bothered by the cruel remarks people might make about her. Now she only wants to “inspire other young women of color and empower them. I want them to know that they can do and be anything they dream of,” as she told the Daily Mail.
3. Michaela Davert
Michaela was born with osteogenesis imperfecta. Also known as brittle bone disease, this genetic disorder required her to undergo many surgeries as she has suffered over 90 bone fractures. It is also the reason why she is only 2’6″ tall. Growing up was very difficult for her, as she was unable to make any friends. The other kids didn’t understand her condition. Sometimes “people were afraid to even go near me,” she told Barcroft TV.
Now 18 years old, Michaela runs a successful YouTube channel called FunSizedStyle. She has over 36,000 subscribers with whom she shares her thoughts on makeup and fashion, while raising awareness about osteogenesis imperfecta.
Hi friends! I wanted to let you know that May 6 is Osteogenesis Imperfecta awareness day! If you'd like to show your support for OI be sure to wear yellow on that day! And I would love if you would tag or tweet me photos of you sporting yellow! 💛💪🏻 If you're able to go the extra mile it would be amazing if you could donate any amount to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation to help advance treatment for OI! http://bit.ly/2qtgJkB I can't wait to see pictures of our #FunsizedStyleFam sporting yellow! Also lots of OI related videos coming this month 💛 Thank you for always supporting me, watching my videos, and being amazing! #osteogenesisimperfecta #OIFoundation #may6 #awareness
4. Née Cacsmy Brutus
Née Cacsmy Brutus, who prefers to go by the name Mama Cax, was diagnosed with bone and lung cancer when she was 14. She was told she had three weeks to live. But she underwent an experimental treatment and managed to defeat the disease. In the process, she had to have her right leg and part of her hip amputated. Mama Cax is now 26 years old. She uses a prosthetic leg and crutches to walk but this hasn’t stopped her from traveling all over the world. Cax is also a model and she shares her unique experiences with her 100,000+ Instagram followers.
“The truth is, like many people, I’m on the long road to self-love,” she wrote on her blog, “And there are many obstacles ahead.”
5. Emily Jones
Emily Jones has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (type 3). Because of the condition, she has to use a feeding tube. She admits that this used to make her very self-conscious, but she managed to find self-confidence with the help of makeup. The 22-year-old is very talented with cosmetics, and she aspires to become a professional makeup artist. Emily and her determination to achieve her dreams no matter the obstacles are a true inspiration for her nearly 39,000 Instagram followers.
“I create looks around my tube by leaving a little bit of a gap around the edges so the tape doesn’t come off or come loose,” she told Allure. “I try to put lots of drama on my eyes, the other side of my face, or on my lips to detract from the tube.”
Here's a throwback for you all! My first look that got loads of love and likes on! Love to you all who have supported me in making my dreams come true! 💖 @morphebrushes Thankyou for making me confident in myself again! #wakeupandmakeup #slave2makeup #slave2beauty #eyegalore #jeffreestarcosmetics #allmodernmakeup #allbeautybloggers #beautyblender #beautyshimmerworldwide #makeuplife #makeupaddict #makeupcakeup #makeupobsessionshimmer #makeupartistsworldwide #makeupslayageworldwide #morphebabe #morphepalette #morphebrushes #peachyqueenblog #makeupbyme #makeupdolls #fakeupfix #itsmylookbook #instamakeup #instabeauty #instabeeyou #nyxcosmetics #nyxcosmetics_uk #throwback #throwback
6. Morgan Mikenas
Morgan Mikenas is a fitness blogger who decided to stop shaving. She was teased because of her body hair in middle school. Devastated, Morgan asked her mother to teach her how to shave. But after a few years, she gave up the practice. “Honestly, I frickin’ love my hair, I love my body hair, I love the hair that grows on my body. I just like being my most natural and human self” Morgan explained in a YouTube video.
Determined not to let society dictate the way she should look, Morgan instead chose to do what feels right for her. And she isn’t about to start telling anyone else how to live their lives either. She said, “I’m not trying to make all of humanity just stop shaving their armpits and leg hair anymore; I just want to inspire others in what works for you, what makes you feel the most comfortable.”
"There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty."~Steve Maraboli 🌸✨ Not just woman, but everyone! Imagine if everyone just decided that today was the day they loved themselves and embraced every part of them selves. Accepting and loving your body and your "flaws" because you know they are what makes you who you are. If you are focused on being true to yourself in every moment, you are less concerned what others think, which will lead to peace of mind. When you have nothing to hide and you can freely be yourself, there is a profound peace/confidence you will emanate to the world that will inspire others. ✨💝🤘🏼I also just posted a new YouTube video on why I don't shave my body hair and how it helped me(link in bio)☺ #bodypositive #spreadlove #behappy #namaste #hairywomen #healing #healthylifestyle #selfcare #loveyourself #beyourself #bethechange #divine #inspireothers #inspirationalquotes #positivity #goodvibesonly #lifeisbeautiful #hairy #gratitude #weareone #higherconsciousness #freespirit #empowerment #smile #feelgood
7. Yasmin Taylor
Alopecia is an incurable autoimmune disorder in which a person’s immune system attacks the hair follicles and causes hair loss, usually on the scalp. Yasmin started to lose her hair when she was 15 and had difficulties accepting herself for years. She used to wear wigs to hide her condition, but in the end, she realized that she would never be happy that way. So he gave up the wig.
“I realized that while I was wearing a wig, I was pretending to be someone I’m not, so I thought I’m going to have to be brave and just take it off,” Yasmin told the Daily Mail.
Today, the 25-year-old documents her journey towards self-acceptance on Instagram. She raises awareness about alopecia and encourages other women suffering from this condition to learn not to be ashamed of the way they look.
I keep getting private messages about how I inspire people with my posts on alopecia and it warms my heart so thank you 💜 Which made me realise I haven't done an alopecia post for a while… I find it so strange how alopecia makes me feel so self confident yet so self conscious at the same time. Some weeks I look in the mirror and don't even take a second look at my head, I go out and don't even notice the weird looks I get – it just doesn't phase me. But then some days I look at myself in the mirror and just see a gross horrible mess and I feel like just covering it up because I can't even bare to look at it and it gets me frustrated. The days I feel gross I push myself not to cover it up because I don't want to feel like I'm hiding it. If you notice…I said 'some weeks' and 'some days' basically I'm just trying to get across that I feel good about myself 90% of the time, it's just hard sometimes and I do really struggle with finding myself attractive which is something I'm trying to work on. I know I'm not alone with any of this and people who suffer with alopecia or any other disorders which makes them look different will feel exactly the same, they will also have good day/ weeks/ months and bad days/ weeks/ months. We are only human at the end of the day, we can only handle so much and you have to accept that. I know if I'm having a rubbish day about my alopecia I know that in a few days time I'll be totally fine, I know that how I'm feeling will pass. You can't be angry at yourself because of it – it is a hard condition to have especially when we live (unfortunately) in a world where your appearance matters a lot – everyone is striving to look 'perfect' but what is perfect anyway? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and one day you and I will be perfect to someone. But until that day comes focus on loving yourself, flaws and all! Be kind, be confident, be positive, be creative, be you! Don't worry about others. Let your personality shine through!! Alopecia has changed me so much as a person, (I like to think in a good way) I might not have my hair anymore but I have become a better person and for me that is more important 😘😍💜💩 #alopecia #thebaldmovement
8. Jauan Durbin
When he was in college, Jauan’s mom scolded him for wearing makeup via a text message. But then, the freshman shared a screenshot of the message on his Twitter account, captioning it “Lol, this hurts. It really does. But I’m going to live in my truth until the day that I die.” The support he got from his followers was astounding. People were inspired by his bravery to be himself. “It wasn’t about me. It was BIGGER than me,” he says, explaining what inspired to post the conversation in the first place.
9. Beck Jackson
Beck is a fitness blogger who isn’t ashamed to admit that she suffers from insecurities and imperfection. Posting a photo of herself without makeup on Instagram, she wrote, “THIS is my current situation. A pimply, bleeding, sore face… I don’t think I will ever be one of those girls who feel completely okay without makeup.”
Beck posted this to show people that no-one is perfect and that that’s okay. “Happy people are the most beautiful people, and I know it’s hard to feel happy when you’re focusing on your imperfections — but I just want to let you all know that you are beautiful EVEN if you have acne, or bacne, or cellulite, or your thighs touch or you’ve got stretch marks,” she wrote.
Haven't done a post like this in a while, so here goes. THIS is my current situation. A pimply, bleeding, sore face. It doesn't look THAT bad, but it feels prettttty bad. My skin will always be a journey in itself, I don't think I will ever be one of those girls who feels completely okay without makeup, but that's fine. Even when my skin is at it's best, which does happen sometimes, when I don't have any big angry pimples and everything looks quite smooth, I'm still a little self conscious… I feel like I can't wear singlets or backless tops because my skin on my back is still quite bad, which kind of upsets me. But just because I'm not completely confident with my skin, doesn't mean I'm not a confident person. I've come a long way from the girl who used to cry every single night about the way her skin looked. These days my skin is just a minor downer for me sometimes. This post is just to show you all that you should be confident despite your little flaws. We all have things that kill our confidence a little sometimes, no one is completely perfect, and something that might seem like the end of the world for you, may go unnoticed by everyone else. Happy people are the most beautiful people, and i know it's hard to feel happy when you're focusing on your imperfections- but I just want to let you all know that you are beautiful EVEN if you have acne, or bacne, or cellulite, or your thighs touch or you've got stretch marks. You beautiful and unique and amazing as you are, and being confident and happy and that will shine through and make you even more beautiful! THESE 👆🏼 are my imperfections, they make me sad sometimes but they're not who I am, and they aren't going to kill my confidence, so don't let your imperfections kill your confidence! ✨
10. Marimar Quiroa
Marimar was born with a cystic hygroma tumor in her neck and mouth. This condition requires her to communicate with sign language, to eat through feeding tubes, and to breathe through a hole in her throat. But the 22-year-old didn’t let any of these things stand in her way. She is now a beauty vlogger and she shares makeup tutorials on YouTube. Her channel is very popular – she has over 200,000 subscribers.
Marimar told Barcroft TV that she loves herself and feels beautiful in spite of the tumors. She tells herself that she’s beautiful every day in the mirror, and she boosts her self-confidence by listing all of her qualities.
“To me, beauty means to accept yourself for who you are and to ignore what other people tell you,” she explained. “It doesn’t matter if you have a different-looking face… accept yourself for who you are.”