This Half-Filipina Is Redefining Beauty by Embracing Her Uniqueness
Evita Patcey Edgar Delmundo is a 20-year-old Rungus-Filipino who is challenging everyone's perception of beauty by auditioning for a spot in the Miss Universe Malaysia pageant.
Evita is covered from head to toe in moles of various sizes and has experienced being called names like "monster" and "Chipsmore" (a chocolate chip cookie brand in Malaysia) when she was younger.
"At first, I really wanted to [have my moles removed]. But after seeking advice from doctors, I learned that it could be a risk to my health. So I just had to accept that this is the body I've been given," she told Elle Malaysia.
And accept her body she did! She was 16 when she learned to love herself and accept her appearance and who she was, and she never looked back.
Although she still gets her fair share of rude comments from bashers and haters and occasional stares from strangers, she knows better than to fight back with more negativity. Instead, she's focusing her energy on being an inspiration to all 42.6K of her Instagram followers and many others.
As for overcoming her insecurities, here's what she said:
"None of us are born perfect and all of us have our own strengths and weaknesses. So don't see any of your flaws as a barrier to achieving what you want. At the end of the day, everyone has something special about them, so be proud of whatever makes you 'you.'"
With her beauty, confidence, and heart, we have no doubts she'll get a call back and maybe even win the competition. We're rooting for you, Evita!
What other inspiring stories would you like us to write about? Let us know in the comments below!