This 20-year-old young Malaysian woman living on the Island of Borneo, Ave Evita Patcey Delmundo, was born with hairy black and brown moles from head-to-toe. Throughout her primary school, she was bullied and branded as 'monster' and 'chocolate chip cookie' by her classmates. "That was a very difficult thing to swallow," she said in an interview taken by The ELLE Magazine. However, later in the school, the bullying reduced because her mother was one of the teachers there, and she got support from other teachers as well. But the main issue still remained. She was not able to accept herself as she was.
The Independent spoke to Evita, and she said that things changed when she was 16, while visiting a church camp- that was where she realised that she should accept herself as she was. However, a couple of times, she considered removing some overt moles, but the doctors said this could be life threatening.
That was when she totally accepted herself.
Keep reading to know how she could be the next Miss Universe.
Beauty is something that's a very subjective issue. We cannot fit beauty in a particular frame. But, ironically, we have been imposed with certain preconceived notions of beauty where everyone is trying to fit in. And this is something really weird! Africans have a different idea of beauty from Asians, Caucasians have a different idea of beauty from Latin Americans.
There is no set norm. It's all in your eyes, what you like.
So when Evita decided to give a damn to these preconceived notions, she started feeling happy and complete in herself. And that was indeed, a brave step.
Evita had auditioned for The Miss Universe Malaysia on 17 June 2017 and is waiting for results.
Let us hope that this step would break the stereotypes about beauty.
She talked to ELLE and said "It's always been a dream for me to try out for Miss Universe Malaysia. I feel like it's a good way for me to showcase my uniqueness and newfound confidence, and hopefully, I can also inspire others. I think my audition went well, so I'm just hoping to get a callback from the organisation soon!"
Evita also met Samantha Katie James, the former Miss Universe Malaysia. She gave her a sound advice and reminded her to stay true to herself and never to forget where she came from if she does make it as Miss Universe Malaysia. She said never to lose sight of why she joined the competition in the first place and that as long as she can remember that, she will go far.
Evita said to the Daily Mail Online that when she was in school, nobody wanted to be her friend, and this broke her heart and that she was a very lonely girl then.
"Beauty is not just what's on the outside; it's not someone with the perfect face or the perfect body. Beauty is who you are as a person and how you love yourself. It's never about perfection."
The moles just enhance her beauty.
In the interview to ELLE, she has given advice to all those who are insecure about their appearances. "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'.
Evita, we are waiting for you to be the next Miss Universe. This might probably break the barrier of the set-notions-of-beauty.
You may look at Evita's Instagram account for more such beautiful photos.
Thanks for reading.