One fearless teen decided to use social media to show bullies they weren't breaking her spirit down.
Nineteen-year-old Ciera Swaringen was born with a rare skin condition, giant congenital melanocytic nevus, leaving her body covered in growing moles and birthmarks.
She tells HotSpot Media, "One day I remember being on the school bus and hearing a young boy laugh at me and call me a spotty dog. That really knocked my confidence. I was only young and it made me feel different to the other kids, like something was wrong with me."
Now, Ciera is taking to social media to stare adversity in the face, embracing her body and showcasing it with inspirational posts such as the one below:
Get. It. Girl! That kind of courage and confidence is the definition of beauty. "I'm so proud to be different, and at the end of the day, we all have something about us that's unusual, whether it's on the inside or the outside," she said in her interview with HotSpot.
Her positive attitude is contagious, causing many of her posts to go viral. Luckily, she's had the support of her mom on her emotional journey; as a child, she told Ciera that her birthmarks were simply angel kisses. *Presh!*
No one deserves to be bullied, and seeing young women like Ciera stand up in such a brave way makes us seriously bow down.