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Woman covered head-to-toe in moles strives for Miss Universe Malaysia title

Woman covered head-to-toe in moles strives for Miss Universe Malaysia title

Evita Delmundo understands this feeling well - as a child, people called Evita "chocolate chip cookie" and "monster" because of the moles all over her body.

A young Malaysian woman who suffered years of abuse over her mole-covered face could be crowned the next Miss Universe. Evita auditioned for Miss Universe Malaysia 2018 on June 17, and is hoping to move ahead to the next round. But after attending secondary school, she began to gain confidence as other pupils accepted her.

The 20-year-old was born with Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nervus - a rare medical condition affecting an estimated 1 in 50,000 births. And while she has always proved how courageous she is by not getting rid of the moles through surgery, her bold step of auditioning for Miss Universe Malaysia has actually sent a message of hope across the world.

Besides walking away with a cash prize of RM50,000 and sponsored prizes worth over RM150,000, she will have the chance to network with prominent, influential figures all over the world, and work with leading industry players to challenge herself emotionally, mentally and physically.

But her journey has not been an easy one.

All the bullying made Evita a very shy child, but as she got older, she started to embrace her looks.

Woman covered head-to-toe in moles strives for Miss Universe Malaysia title

"It broke my heart".

"Some of my Instagram followers have told me that I'm their idol or that they look up to me and see me as an inspiration", she said. "Basically, I was a lonely girl", she added.

She did, however, make an important realization when she was 16: that happiness meant accepting her appearance and loving herself for who she is. "I slowly gained the confidence to show off my uniqueness", she said.

"Beauty is not just what's on the outside; it's not someone with the ideal face or the flawless body", she said. I am just keeping my fingers crossed.

"None of us are born ideal and all of us have our own strengths and weaknesses", she said. "So don't see any of your flaws as a barrier to achieving what you want".

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