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28-Year-Old Model Born with Rare Condition Is Breaking Fashion Stereotypes


Fashion has long imposed strict appearance standards that were used to define beauty. However, it seems that these unrealistic standards of beauty are being challenged with every new day. The new trend in fashion is breaking its stereotypes.

Melanie Gaydos is one of the growing number of models who challenge and transform the fashion industry. She was born with ectodermal dysplasia, a condition which makes her pores, teeth, nails and small bones form abnormally.

Melanie also has alopecia, lacking hair in areas where it normally grows, and is partially blind as a result of eyelash growth that scratched her eyes as a child. She has lived a very challenging life, with people treating her as if she was contagious.

However, despite all the odd looks and restrictions she has lived through because of the people’s lack of understanding and knowledge, Melanie persisted with her self-confidence and bright outlook on life.

An art graduate based in NYC, Melanie has worked with renowned photographers, including Eugenio Recuenco. It all started when she responded to a Craigslist advert looking for “unique people” for fashion photographers to shoot.

Just as the initial response, her pictures still inspire surprise for some and shock for others and come with an array of positive and negative responses.

However, not only does her career have an overwhelmingly positive impact on her self-confidence, it also heralds change within the modeling industry.