Beauty doesn’t lie in physical appearance but in being strong from inside.
In today’s society, being beautiful is based on what most people like. If a woman considered to have incomparable beauty in the 16th century was transported to 2015, she would most likely not be called beautiful.
Marimar Quiroa was born with a facial tumour so big, that she hid her face all her life. People around her would get scared, often calling her names because of her appearance. But today, she shows us that beauty isn’t only skin deep.
The 21-year-old, from California, was born with a facial tumour called cystic hygroma, which means she has to use sign language in her videos to communicate. According to her, she lets NOTHING hold her back, and now she is turning traditional beauty standards on their head with her powerful message of self-love.
Marimar said: ‘To me, beauty means to accept yourself for who you are, and to ignore what other people tell you.
‘You show your beauty how it is, it doesn’t matter if you have a different looking face, accept yourself how you are.’
In her younger years, Marimar had to struggle with her appearance.
Marimar said: ‘It has affected my mouth since before birth. Before, my face and head were bigger and I went through the process of many surgeries over several years to shrink my face and mouth to what you see today.
‘It affects me in several ways. I cannot speak, I breathe through a hole in my throat, I eat through a tube in my stomach and the hearing in my right ear is diminished.’
She added: ‘When I was younger I would talk to myself in the mirror. I would tell myself I was beautiful.
‘I would encourage myself and list all the things that were good about me and it built my confidence through the years.
‘What I like about makeup and beauty is imagining new looks, especially around the eyes, and showing people they’re beautiful no matter what.’