Rebecca Heckard was called “skunk” by bullies for her white birthmark – but she’s having the last laugh now.
The 21-year-old, from New York, would hide the birthmarks on her forehead, stomach and legs behind make-up and layers of clothes.
She also has a white streak of hair, called piebaldism, which is hereditary in her family.
But last year she stopped covering up, and wore a bikini for the first time. Now – she’s a model.
Heckard told Caters:
My birthmarks are symmetrically placed on my body and remind me of constellations.
I have one in the middle of my forehead that goes up into my hairline like a shooting star, then it's like I have a circular galaxy on my stomach and the birthmarks on my legs are angel's kisses.
In my modelling I can express myself and feel beautiful, even when I'm showing my legs now, which used to be a very sensitive point for me.
I'm working on getting stronger now, I'm more outgoing than I have ever been.
Now I feel beautiful faster than I feel afraid, I know I can walk into a room full of attractive women and feel beautiful too.
HT Caters News Agency