Jess grew up in Oklahoma before moving to New York to become a writer. She has a cat named Agnes.
For some heartbreaking reason, there always seems to be at least one group of kids growing up who decide to make it their mission to make those around them feel absolutely miserable.
Bullies often have their own insecurities that they’re acting out against, but that doesn’t take the sting away as they inflict cruelty onto their poor victims. Being unique in any small way can make a child their instant target, something Tanesha Brown was sad to learn when she entered middle school and realized just how different she was from the rest of her class.
In fact, she’s the only one like her in her family as well. Brown developed a skin condition called vitiligo when she was just 5 years old and gradually began developing white spots all over her body where the melanin had been depleted.
After spending years feeling like there was something wrong with her and constantly asking, “Why me?” Brown has finally come to accept that her unusual appearance is nothing to be ashamed of.
On top of all the issues most teens endure during their youth — acne, hormones, and whatever else the universe decides to throw at us — Tanesha Brown was forced to figure out how she could be comfortable in her own skin as it changed from day to day.
Today, the makeup artist and mom of three boys has completely turned over a new and empowering leaf. Instead of using products to hide her skin, she embraces the way she can play with her looks and helps others to learn to do the same.
Through Brown’s inspiring mission to help those in need of a confidence boost, she’s also teaching her sons that beauty isn’t just about what’s on the outside. Her heart clearly shines brighter than any skin condition could ever cloud.
Most of us have something we wish we could change about our appearance, big or small, but it’s amazing men and women like Brown who help remind us that ultimately, it’s how we treat others that truly defines us.
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