Woman with facial birthmark thanks old man for making her feel ‘beautiful’
An American woman has publicly thanked a stranger who advised her to ignore anyone who criticised her facial birthmark and told her she was beautiful.
Californian woman Crystal Hodges suffers from Sturge-Weber Syndrome, a rare disorder which is caused by extra blood vessels in the brain and face, categorised by a large facial birthmark.
The teaching assistant admitted she is used to people asking questions and staring at her birthmark but revealed she was surprised by a recent experience in her local post office.
In a message posted to Facebook Page Love the Matters, Hodges opened up about a man who asked her if he may ask a question, assuming he would ask about her birthmark.
“Almost instantly, I knew he was probably about to ask me about my birthmark as 99.999pc of questions from total strangers are about that very topic. Replying with a smile, I told him, 'Sure.'
“Then, instead of asking me a question, he told me, 'My daughter has the same birthmark as you do. And actually, so does my niece. I know many people can be unkind with how they react to birthmarks like yours, but just ignore them. You are beautiful.
“Thank you for your kindness. You're making the world a more beautiful place,” she said.
The post has been shared thousands of times across social media, with many sharing their own images of their birthmarks on the page.
Krista Elizabeth wrote: “I also have a birthmark on my face and many people have made fun of me for it or made rude comments. I used to be ashamed but through the years I've grown to love it.”
Mum Tori Brock shared an image of her son on the page: “My handsome little man has the same thing on his face! Love him just the way he is and I'm hoping people don't only see his mark but just see him as who he is as a person,” she wrote.