What comes to your mind when you think of a model? Is it a tall and stunningly beautiful woman dressed in nice clothes? This is what the fashion industry is leading us to believe that beauty should be like, but this is not always the case. Today we are going to show the story of Melanie Gaydos who was born with a rare genetic disorder that makes her look different than most people. However, Melanie Gaydos never let bullies get to her and she is now one of the world’s most successful models.

20. Meet Melanie Gaydos

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The woman in this picture is Melanie Gaydos, and as you can clearly see, she doesn’t look like your average Victoria’s Secret model. However, this is not a bad thing by any means…

19. Unique Look

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Melanie was born with a rare genetic disorder and this is why she looks different. On the bright side of things, Melanie has learned to love herself and that the opinion of online bullies doesn’t matter at all!

18. Ectodermal Dysplasia

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The genetic disorder that Melanie suffers from is called ectodermal dysplasia and it affects the development of the body. Check out the next picture to see exactly what kind of issues ectodermal dysplasia has brought in Melanie’s life.

17. Genetic Disorder

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The genetic disorder that Melanie suffers from makes it impossible for her to grow teeth or hair. Not just that, but nails, pores and small bones cannot be developed fully and this is why she looks so different.

16. Love Yourself

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Even though you might think that Melanie doesn’t like the way she looks, this is not the case. She has learned to love herself and she doesn’t let anyone tell her what “beauty” should look like. Maybe we all should learn a thing or two from Melanie.

15. How It All Started

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As you would expect, life has been tough on Melanie. She had a difficult time in high school because kids can be mean and she didn’t like her picture to be taken because of this. However, you will never believe how her modeling career started.

14. Unique Model

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Melanie’s boyfriend saw an ad in the newspaper where a photographer was looking for unique people from New York. Seeing this, the boyfriend knew that the ad is perfect for Melanie and he asked her to go to the photo shoot. Do you think she accepted?

13. Scary Moment

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Melanie says that she had no intention to go to the photo shoot. At that point in time, she was unsure of herself and didn’t want to have her picture taken. Luckily, her boyfriend managed to convince her to give modeling a chance.

12. The Perfect Model

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The photographer loved the way Melanie looked and he told her that she is the perfect model for that photo shoot. This skyrocketed Melanie’s confidence in her image and she decided to audition for more photo shoots.

11. Big Gigs

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It didn’t take long for Melanie to became a star. Everyone noticed that she is special and Melanie got some big gigs. You better check out the next picture to find out what was Melanie’s biggest gig yet!

10. Rammstein

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Do you know the German band Rammstein? Well, Melanie appeared in a bunch of their music videos. The band loved her unique look and they said she is perfect to represent their band. Isn’t this amazing?

9. Appreciate Herself

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Melanie noticed how people liked her for being different and this taught her to appreciate herself. Even though she has dealt with bullies all her life, she finally realized that she should stop listening to them.

8. Hate Comments

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Melanie’s photos get mixed reactions, but the biggest majority of people love her. The awesome thing about Melanie is that she doesn’t just get past her disability and manage to have a successful career in modeling, but she also inspired confidence to others.

7. Beauty Standards

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We think it’s safe to say that the fashion industry has set some beauty standards for women that are nearly impossible. Fortunately, there are always people like Melanie that women all around the world can look up to.

6. She Loves The Craft

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Melanie says that one of the greatest things to come out of her modeling career is the fact that she has fallen in love with the craft. She enjoys every moment of modeling and this makes her job really fun.

5. Different

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Melanie hopes that her pictures will help teach people that being different is not a bad thing. Being different means that you are unique. This is Melanie’s message.

4. True Beauty

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After all, no one can determine what true beauty is because beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and therefore, everyone has different standards and things that they like or don’t.

3. Happy Life

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The important thing that we can take from this is that despite her disability, Melanie is living a happy life. She gets to enjoy amazing experiences while shooting cover photos for big-name companies such as Vogue and spread love at the same time.

2. Instagram Star

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Can you guess how many followers Melanie has on Instagram? How’s 187.000 for a number? Melanie is an Instagram Star on her own and there’s no doubt that.

1. Normal Person

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Nonetheless, Melanie is a normal woman who lives her dream of traveling the world and it’s all thanks to her unique look. What’s impressive is that most other people would’ve given up on their dream of becoming a model, but not Melanie.