- A woman who was mocked for 14 years has become a successful model
- The lady was mocked and bullied for having a deformed leg
Briefly.co.za has come across the touching success story of a lady that became successful despite being mocked for 14 years of her life. The lady who was mocked and bullied is now a supermodel.
The 28-year-old lady identified as Berlange Presilus has prominent varicose veins on her right leg due to rare disorder known as Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome.
Presilus who was mocked and bullied by her peers as a child said she was told that her leg looked like it was dying. She revealed that she had to cover up her leg with long trousers and skirts for over a decade.
She said: “I used to wear long jeans all the time and long skirts, even in the summer. If I exposed my leg I would get laughed at or teased. They would say, "Look at her, it looks like her leg is about to fall off. It made me feel bad and as if I didn't belong. I just felt like, "Why me?"
The young lady who recently showed off her leg in a photoshoot expressed that she had discovered that she is unstoppable. She said: “I feel great. I have discovered that I have magic and now I'm unstoppable.”
Presilus who has modeled for the likes of Toys R Us, Samsung, Mac and Johnnie Walker, revealed that she always wished to be like the models she saw on magazine covers.
She said: “I would see models in magazines with long hair and bright lipstick and I dreamed of being like them but then I would look at my leg and think, "how could it ever happen? I thought my leg was ugly. It was the ugliest thing I had ever seen.”
The Haiti born model expressed her desires to change how beauty is perceived in modelling. She said: “Even now when you look at the bigger picture, what is being showed on magazines and in TV, you rarely see anybody with flaws. The industry wants to make people believe that perfection exists and if you can't look like that girl in the magazine then you are not beautiful.”
“The truth is that we all have different bodies. I want people to hear my voice and see my story and realize that.”
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