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They Told Her To Remove Her Birthmark, But She Chose To Embrace It Instead

April 02, 2015 2 min read

We all have things that we would fix or change about ourselves. But those things tend to be things we can cover up and hide with our clothes. Imagine if the greatest source of your insecurity was front and centre on your face. Nothing could hide it. Walking down the street made you the focal point of constant, unwanted attention. Kind of puts that last 5 pounds we want to lose off of our asses in perspective doesn't it? 22-year-old professional dancer Cassandra Naud was born with a large birthmark under her left eye, and although she begged for an operation to remove it in her youth, she now refuses to get one – she even says that she appreciates her unique appearance and that it helps her stand out in her field. The Alberta, Canada-based dancer was teased throughout her youth for the birthmark, which is also covered in hair (hypertrichotic), but her parents were afraid to operate on it for fear that it would leave large scars on her face. Cassandra Naud was born with a hairy birthmark under her left eye. Many have suggested that she remove it, but she refuses Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 1.23.51 PM In fact, she embraces her stand-out appearance Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 1.24.43 PM “My birthmark is a huge part of me. It makes me unique and memorable, which is especially important for the career I’ve chosen” Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 1.25.36 PM It hasn’t stopped her from finding love, either! Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 1.31.13 PM She refused plastic surgery when she learned that it may scar her face. “I don’t often face prejudice, but one agent told me to Photoshop my birthmark out of my head shots” Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 1.32.32 PM Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 1.33.16 PM It wasn’t always easy to be confident – Naud was teased at school. “Their cruel remarks were hard to deal with and I’d often fight back tears. I felt ugly – even if only for that moment” Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 1.34.43 PM “Times are changing, so don’t worry about looking normal. Don’t let bullies stop you and be proud of your uniqueness” What do you guys think of how brave Naud is? H/T: boredpanda.com Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_100983" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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