Mum bullied for rare skin condition is signed to modelling agency

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Mum bullied for rare skin condition is signed to modelling agency



(Picture: Caters News)Cheryl Shaw has been bullied because of a rare skin condition her entire life.
But the 34-year-old from Birmingham has finally achieved the ultimate revenge, and a few weeks ago scored herself a modelling contract.
The mum-of-two was born with a disease called giant congential malanocytic naevus, which causes large moles of different sizes to develop over her body.
Despite being mocked for years, Cheryl decided to ignore the negative comments and proudly posted photos of herself on Instagram, showing off her skin.
And it’s good she did, because it’s where she was discovered by Models of Diversity, a charity that supports women and men with ‘different and distinctive’ features. Four weeks later, Cheryl had nabbed herself a contract.
The agency has a large portfolio of models which have appeared in ads for high street retailers such as River Island and New Look.
‘I couldn’t believe it when they contacted me,’ said Cheryl.
‘My boys and my mum are so proud of me.
‘Now I just want to inspire other people who look different – especially women with my condition.’

She’s a natural (Picture: James Alexander Lyon /Caters News)

Being proud of her skin has helped Cheryl with her confidence (Picture: Pete Goddard/Caters News)Cheryl currently works as a full-time practice manager at a GP surgery, as well as looks after her two sons (aged four and 11).
Her new-found modelling career looks bright and from the looks of it, she has a natural talent for the job.
She said: ‘I’ve been called names like “spotty face”, “Dalmatian” and “cookie”.
‘This made me hate myself and dislike the way I looked as I felt it wasn’t normal.’
While growing up, Cheryl disguised her moles with special skin make-up from a dermatologist and wore clothes that covered her body, such as thick tights.

(Picture: James Alexander Lyon /Caters News)‘Summer was always a struggle as I used to wear thick layers of clothing because of the name calling,’ she said.
‘People used to stare at me and refused to sit next to me on a bus, or didn’t make me serve them when I used to work in a fast food restaurant.
‘I decided that enough was enough and asked myself, how am I going to change this? So I ordered a few shorts and decided to wear them on holiday and didn’t care what anyone thought.
‘Slowly I started to love myself and build up my confidence.
‘Now I know that not everyone has to be the same to be beautiful – accepting who I am has changed my attitude.’
Showing off her skin on Instagram has changed her life, and not just because of her modelling contract.
It’s also helped her feel more confident.
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Cheryl said: ‘I couldn’t be more happier with myself now, that feeling of waking up every morning knowing I am able to be confident in my own skin is such a good feeling.
‘With this modelling opportunity I want those who are suffering with skin conditions, different disabilities, scarring and weight issues to just think, no matter what people’s opinions are, or what you class as flaws, can be classed as someone else’s perfection.’
Well said, Cheryl.
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