Melanie Gaydos suffers from ectodermal dysplasia
This rare genetic disorder affects growth of teeth, nails, pores, cartilage and bones, making Melanie bald and partially blind
Her career as a model started out after answering a Craigslist ad for “unique models”.
Melanie opens up about how the fashion industry hasn’t always been kind to her when she first started out
Thanks to social media, she is able to fully express herself in ways that make people stop and notice her
Twenty-eight year old model Melanie Gaydos is unique in her own, special way.
Being born with a rare genetic disorder has been challenging for her growing up, as she faced a lot of struggles along the way.
Despite not having any teeth or hair, Melanie refuses to wear a wig or have dental implants. She resorted to just being her truest self, pulling-off her unconventional looks by highlighting her uniqueness even more.
Melanie shared how despite being a model most of her life, the industry hasn’t always treated her with respect. She used to be regarded as just a “wildcard” during casting calls.
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She revealed to Femail:
'People treat me with more respect now, which is kind of sad considering that what I am doing now is not any different than what I have been doing for the last six years.'
The model, who has more than 121,000 followers on her Instagram, thanks the social media platform for providing her an avenue for self-expression. According to her, it is thru the photos that she shares that society has fiannly began to accept her as she is.
'In many ways, this is completely nothing like how I thought I would be or what I would be doing.
'I never thought I would be modelling. I had always thought I was going to be a famous artist, but a recluse who never left her studio or communicated with the outside world!'
When asked if she is bitter about her disorder, Melanie has said in the past:
'No. It (ectodermal dysplasia) doesn’t bother me, and it never did. Or if it did, it's because it was something people were telling me I should be upset about.'
'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.'
Melanie now considers her fashion career ‘beautiful’. Despite having to endure all the challenges in the past, she strongly believes that she is now where she’s really meant to be:
'It's turned into exactly what I thought it would be: successful, growing - evolving and with amazing, beautiful opportunities.
'I am just staying true to myself and creating, maybe with more mindful awareness and personal power.'
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