Ciera Swaringen could care less about the haters!
Ciera, who is just perfect for our #Kleanse Spotlight, was diagnosed with an EXTREMELY rare skin condition called giant congenital melanocytic nevus. The condition means Swaringen's body is completely covered in birthmarks and moles, a fate that would be difficult for any teenage girl. Ciera, however, is absolutely glowing with confidence and her philosophy on her condition will definitely leave you feeling inspired!!
While the high school graduate admits that growing up she struggled with bullies (a boy on her school bus once called her a "spotty dog"), she has found acceptance, saying:
"I'm so proud to be different, and at the end of the day, we all have something about us that's unusual, whether it's on the inside or the outside. Over time I've learnt to brush off negative comments and remember that most people stare and say cruel things because they're not used to seeing someone with my condition."
Preach, girl! We all have something unique about us!
Swaringen, who has found a supportive family, added:
"I remember when I started school my mum told me that my birthmarks were angel kisses - and that really stuck with me."
Aww!! What a beautiful analogy!
Based off all the photos of the 19-year-old that we've seen, it's clear that she's happy and full of love. Imagine how different the world would be if every young woman had this amazing level of confidence?!
[Image via Facebook.]