Cheryl Shaw has always dreamt of becoming a model but she was been diagnosed with congenital melanocytic nevus, a skin condition that causes mole-like pigmentation across the body.
The mother-of-two said that she was subjected to a lot of bullying due to her skin condition.
“I’d be called a 101 Dalmatian or told that I look like a cookie or a leopard due to my darker spots.”
But Cheryl has risen above the bullying and name-calling. After she was scouted online, she signed to Models of Diversity; a charity that campaigns for greater diversity in the modelling industry.
She went on to set up an Instagram page to showcase her imperfections.
"I used to call them beauty spots when I was younger but now I try and educate people by telling them that I have congenital melanocytic nevus"
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She says that she has also taught her two children Javante and Vito that it's fine to have imperfections.
The model attended her first fashion shoot in April and described it as amazing.
“I really disliked what I saw in the mirror and I was so self-conscious. But since setting up my Instagram page I’ve gained a lot more confidence due to the vast amount of supportive comments.”
She said that her growing modelling career has been a dream come true. Angel Sinclair, founder of Models of Diversity, says the company couldn’t be prouder having Cheryl on board.
Cheryl hopes to inspire others with her story.
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