Bullied and harassed for how she looked, this blogger found an inner strength that we all wish we had
Beauty lies NOT in the beholder's eyes but in your eyes only.
As women, we have acclimatized ourselves to numerous insecurities about our very own bodies.
We find ourselves comparing and setting ourselves against the impossible standards of beauty—thanks to media-generated images around us.
Self-acceptance is rare to find and finding beauty in oneself, despite our inherent flaws, is even harder.
Then, there is Marimar Quiroa.
This beauty vlogger from California isn't your run-off-the-mill dolled-up beauty teaching tutorials on social media. The 23-year-old vlogger was born with a tumor on her face.
Called cystic hygroma (a fluid-filled sac caused by blockages in the lymphatic system), Marimar was rendered dumb and unable to use her jaw. Even for eating, she had to be fed out of a tube attached to her stomach.
But nothing can stop this ambitious lass from reaching for the stars and while at it, she is teaching womenfolk around the world a thing or two about self-love and acceptance — and the fact that nothing can stop her from achieving what she wants.
Marimar told DailyMail: "It [the tumor] 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."
In one of her videos, Marimar explained how she found her strength and where her self-confidence comes from. "When I was young I'd talk to myself in the mirror," she said. "I'd tell myself I was beautiful ... I'd encourage myself and list things that were good about me. That's how I learned to accept myself for who I am," she revealed.
According to Barcroft TV, there was a time when Marimar hid from strangers (she has undergone multiple surgeries to shrink her face and mouth to what it is today).
But today, Marimar uses her disability as means to reveal to the world how self-love and acceptance look like and how she has embraced it whole-heartedly in her life.
While social media, in general, has been kind and accepting of her work; with many users showing her love in abundance, there have been haters too who haven't shied from spewing their unkindness out. "People type their comments after they view my videos, and they say some really nice things," Marimar told Barcroft T.V., "They tell me I'm beautiful and love my makeup."
"But I have encountered negative people both on YouTube and out in my daily life," she added. "People tell me I look like a monkey ... that my mouth is wrong. I see them staring. I either tell them to stop or just ignore them, but if people are staring at me, I stare right back. I refuse to look away until they stop staring."
Even her journey in makeup began with the same line of thought—self-acceptance and showing that beauty lies in your eyes and not the beholders. "What I like about makeup and beauty is imagining new looks, especially around the eyes, and showing people they're beautiful no matter what," she explained.
Haters can take a hike because this lady has plans of making the most of her life.
Her future plans include becoming a teacher for deaf children and continuing her makeup journey on Youtube. Interestingly her channel has raked in more than five million views that not only teaches about makeup but self-love too.
"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 who you are," she was quoted as saying in the video.
She is also a trained Zumba instructor and teaches a class every week.
Marimar told DailyMail: "I started going to Zumba classes about two years ago. As I learned it became really fun for me. I loved it so I decided to earn my certificate last year in August of 2015 to teach Zumba class. I mean, if you're not inspired to be a better person and thankful for who you are and the abilities you were blessed with, you might want to check your pulse."
Are you still complaining about yourself and your precious life, now?
Watch her inspiring story here:
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