Model With No Hair Or Teeth Turns A Negative Into A Positive

"If people are trying to bring you down, it only means that you are above them."

Melanie Gaydosectodermal dysplasia"As a child I faced a lot of bullying and a lot of people stared at me . . . I was really depressed and suicidal; I didn't really want to live," she told Metro. "I didn't think that I would be alive past the age of 18."

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Pratt Institute"He helped me to understand that I am the only person who looks like me." She started out doing small gigs and soon realized that this was something she could see herself doing long term."[My syndrome] doesn't bother me, and it never did," she said. "People used to ask me: how do you eat without teeth? Well, people with no legs run marathons. It's all a matter of perception."

I didn't start modeling for other people, as selfish as that sounds," she said. "I was doing it for myself. But what I've come to realize is that, in doing it for myself, I'm helping other people become more comfortable with themselves."

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