We live in an incredibly diverse world. The different cultures and languages are what make society so unique and exciting. It is especially exciting and refreshing when the fashion industry reflects this same reality . The Huffington Post reports that model Melanie Gaydos, based in Seattle, hopes to contribute to this effort. If you are not familiar with Melanie Gaydos, she is a 28 year old model who was born with ectodermal dysplasia.
Ectodermal dysplasia affects the outer layer of the embryo tissue that is responsible for the formation of the skin, hair, teeth, sweat glands and nails. According to the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias, less than 200,000 people in the United States will experience this extremely rare condition. The Independent also reports that Melanie also has alopecia and is partially blind due to the growth of eyelashes that she scratched her eyes as a child.
Melanie's version of the condition meant that she was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. It also affected the growth of your pores, nails, hair and teeth. The Huffington Post mentions that Melanie had almost 40 surgeries as a child just to correct her eyes, mouth and ears. For many, this would be very difficult to deal with, but for Melanie, she explains that she found a way to cope: "I definitely found a way to deal with [ectodermal dysplasia] just how I perceive and accept my body, how it looks and how it works" .
Although Melanie found ways to deal with her condition, The Independent explains that Melanie says she has been treated as if she were contagious or seriously ill. She mentions that at age 26, she had three dental implants and received her first set of dentures after appearing on the reality show The Doctors . Eight months later she took them off and never put them back on. According to The Independent she said: "I also found out that I was more comfortable with myself than I am, without any improvement, maybe other people think I'm incomplete, but that's just because they have teeth or know how that is and they can not understand or imagine how it is without any, I do not miss having teeth because I never really had them. "
For more information on the condition, the Huffington Post spoke with Dr. Latanya Benjamin, medical director of pediatric dermatology at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. Dr. Benjamin explains that this condition can cause those who have it to overheat in high temperatures, so that additional water, air and shade are essential. Melanie mentions that when she was a child, she never felt that she drank enough water. But now, as an adult, she is capable of handling different climates.
In regards to her career as a model, Melanie explains to the Huffington Post that modeling was never a career that she considered due to her condition. But she mentions that while studying at the Pratt Institute in New York, she experimented with being the main subject in a photograph. From there, she sent an email to a photographer whom she followed and admired, and invited her to take some pictures with him.
Since her career change, Melanie says her goal is to venture into high fashion modeling. If you are interested in your photos, just finish a session for the summer issue of the magazine i-D . Melanie told The Independent that although she is fighting for change, she also warned people that, although the fashion industry is becoming more inclusive, it is still a slow process. He also adds: "There simply are not enough people & # 39; different & # 39; struggling to be anywhere or position."
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