Beauty is such a subjective term. It has a different meaning to each individual, and we’ve all heard the phrase that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.
Evita Patcey Edgar Delmundo embodies this idea. Even if she was born a little different from most people, she’s beautiful and her confidence shines through.
Evita, who is half Rungus and half Filipino from Kota Kinabalu, became the talk on social media after her recent audition for Miss Universe Malaysia 2018. She wanted to try and break the norms of what people perceive as beautiful, which won her a positive reaction from everyone and becoming an inspiration to many.
This aspiring beauty queen and a motivator to others was born with a rare condition known as ‘Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevus’. This condition is caused by the uneven distribution of melanin across the skin, causing clumps of the dark pigment (known as nevomelanocytes) that look like moles or birthmarks.
The 20-year-old said she was often bullied in school for the way she looks. It was hard for her to make friends in primary school (and we all know how mean kids can be sometimes) as some would call her a ‘monster’ or ‘giant Chipsmore’. All of this bullying made her super insecure about herself.
“I use to cry and blame fate for the way I was born but when I entered high school it all turned for the better.
People were more accepting of who I am, I had friends and I became more confident in myself.” she told Glam Lelaki in a phone interview.
According to Evita, she has learned to accept herself for who she is and believes that her unique beauty is a blessing in disguise for her to have a brighter future. And all it took was people being more accepting.
When asked whether she ever thought of surgically removing her moles, she said the thought has crossed her mind but skin specialist wouldn’t recommend it as it may cause complications to her health. With that, she’s accepted herself with a clear mind and a positive outlook.
Evita has become an inspiration to many thanks to the Malaysia Beauty Pageant FC (MBPFC) who first shared her photo and story, catapulting her to the public’s attention.
“I want to let people know that their ‘flaws’ don’t define them. Let it not be an obstacle for you to live your life to the fullest,” she said. “Just be yourself and love yourself, only then will you be able to spread your wings and fly!” she told Glam Lelaki.
Evita now has over 30,000 followers on Instagram and has become an icon for an anti-bullying campaign.
Source: Glam Lelaki