A 19-year-old girl born with hundreds of mole-like birthmarks covering her face and body has finally embraced all of them, Rockwell, North Carolina, US.
Meet Ciera Swaringen who suffers from Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevus and bullying all her life. The mole-like birthmarks cover 70 percent of the girl’s body, with the largest one stretching from her navel to her lower thighs.
Cierra, who was nicknamed as ‘spotty dog’ by bullies, said: “They said things like, “You look like you’re dirty, take a wash.” That really knocked my confidence, I was only young and it made me feel different to the other kids, like something was wrong with me. I remember when I started school my mom told me that my birthmarks were angel kisses – and that really stuck with me.
And my dad is the first person to stand up to defend me if anyone says anything horrible to me. Over time I’ve learnt to brush off negative comments and remember that most people stare and say cruel things because they’re not used to seeing someone with my condition.
Now I’m so proud to be different and, at the end of the day, we all have something about us that’s unusual, whether it’s on the inside or the outside. Everyone is born to look different, and we should all feel beautiful in our own skin.”