With or without hair, with extremely dark skin or a unique look as a result of rare disease, these amazing women have managed to glow all over social media platforms and to challenge traditional beauty standards. During this year, these women have documented their journey for self love and didn't let their unique look to make them feel less confident.
Caxmee, 27, is a Brooklyn based blogger who, by merely being herself, shows us the power in loving yourself fully. Caxmee's right leg was amputated in 2005 after she was diagnosed with bone and lung cancer. She was given only 3 weeks to live, but miraculously beat the odds. today, she shares her fashion and world traveling on her blog, serves as muse for headwrap designer Famndjam and works as an ambassador for Alleles design studio.
When model Nyakim Gatwech was in middle school, she cried herself to sleep thinking she wasn't beautiful enough. Now, the 24 year old South Sudanese model has become an icon of beauty and an inspiration to young women everywhere: "It takes time to love who you are. Be confident in whatever the situation is," Nyakim said in an interview with Teen Vogue, "If you love yourself other people will see. It will shine through you and then they have the choice to accept you or walk away." Nyakim went viral after posting a story of her interaction with an Uber driver on Instagram. When the Uber driver asked her if she would bleach her skin for $10,000, Nyakim laughed it off. "I would never do that. I consider my skin to be a blessing," she told him. Ever since, Nyakim has been nicknamed the "Queen of the Dark" by her fans and has proven her royalty in her fierce photos and motivational captions. Nyakim has become a woman that little girls look up to when, they too, are in search of self-love.
Emily Louise Jones
This 22-Year-Old Is Making Her Makeup Dreams Come True, Despite Her Illness. Jones, or @beautybyemilylou , is one of those beauty gurus whose genuine love for the craft shines almost as bright as her highlighter. She's a 22-year-old, glitter-obsessed artist with dreams of one day being a professional makeup artist. But unlike others on her same trajectory, Jones' love for makeup is more than just a form of artistic expression. According to Allure, makeup has helped her discover her confidence as she battles Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Type 3), a rare autoimmune disease.
Cara Delevingne might have caused a storm when her bushy brows hit the fashion scene back in 2011 - but she had nothing on artist Frida Kahlo, whose untamed monobrow defied beauty ideals more than a century ago.Now, a 20-year-old model is making a similarly empowering statement with her thick dark unibrow. Sophia Hadjipanteli, a model and student at The University of Maryland, became an Instagram sensation after the natural blonde accidentally tinted her eyebrows black.
Yasmin Taylor, 24 is personal trainer who was left devastated after going bald at the age of 19 but now she helps other women with alopecia by sharing her no-holds-barred photos on Instagram.
Taylor, who's originally from Wisborough Green, West Sussex, was diagnosed with the hair-loss condition when she was 15. The teen desperately tried to hide her bald patches from family and friends by wearing a wig but she finally ditched the hairpiece last year and says she has never felt so comfortable in her own skin.