Girl Bullied for Birthmark That She Refused to Remove, but Look at Her Now

May 9, 2019 Updated: May 18, 2019

No one is perfect and that is not a cliché. It really is important for each one of us to acknowledge and appreciate this big truth. To truly embrace oneself and others with all of our imperfections is to grasp the inner meaning of the words “compassion and humanity.”

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All beings are born good, and this is our essence. People are unique and this is a fact. Canada-based Cassandra Naud is a 27-year-old professional dancer now, but she was cruelly teased as a child because she was born with a large birthmark called hypertrichosis, a rare condition that causes excessive hair growth on certain parts of the body. Cassandra’s birthmark was on her face, right under her right eye.

Society made her feel unattractive and self-conscious, and she struggled emotionally for many days and nights, holding back tears. She wanted more than anything to rid herself of this mark and begged for surgery.

But this amazing young person has so much love in her that she could not contain it. Her love conquered her fear, making her exercise compassion on herself and others, and today she is an incredible young lady who, like a tower of light, is spreading her warmth and joy of life to everyone.

“I’m so glad my parents chose to leave my birthmark as it’s part of who I am. Having a birthmark distinguishes me—and I don’t feel that it has ever held me back,” she says, according to MailOnline.

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She was bullied because of it

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She used to think she was ugly

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She was told by one agent to “Photoshop” her birthmark but she didn’t do it

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“It makes me unique and memorable, which is especially important for the career I’ve chosen,” Cassandra says.

Cassandra says her birthmark is a huge part of her and she’s glad she decided to keep it. “Times are changing, so don’t worry about looking normal. Don’t let bullies stop you and be proud of your uniqueness,” she says.

“I feel like it’s been such a positive thing in my life,” she tells PEOPLE.

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