By Rebecca Drew
THIS stunning mum-of-two is celebrating the four-inch-wide birthmark that spreads across her face and has even written a book to encourage others to embrace their uniqueness.
Mental health counsellor Ferrin Roy (30) from Louisiana, USA, didn’t notice her birthmark until she was nine-years-old but has never felt the need to cover up or hide away despite the stares and comments of passers-by asking if she had paint on her face.
Ferrin’s family and friends love her birthmark and supported her in writing her very own self-help book challenging society’s perception of beauty, titled ‘The Mark She Kept: A Woman’s Journey to Living Her Purpose Courageously.’
“The stares felt awkward outside of home and school. I attended school with the same kids until twelfth grade so everyone was accustomed to seeing me with my birthmark,” she said.
“I didn’t recognise stares until I was outside of home and school. Some people would squint their eyes, ask if it was paint, inquired about removal and also several people have asked to touch it.
“I completely embrace my birthmark. I never covered it and never will, I love answering questions about it and I just feel so good.
“My smile is radiant and no one can put a dampener on my smile, enthusiasm or confidence. My birthmark is not only raising awareness but it’s helping others embrace their uniqueness.
“Surprisingly, the second I became free of insecurities questions from others stopped tremendously. I honestly do not recognise if people still stare. I’ve been standing out since the day I was born and others make me feel like a work of art.”
Always confident, Ferrin is encouraging others to love and accept themselves before searching for love elsewhere.
“I’ve always felt confident while gazing into a mirror. It was the opinion of others that I allowed to linger on for too long. My birthmark is a part of me, I will not cover it to satisfy the view of others,” she added.
“I will always be myself and no one is worth me changing who I am.
“My advice is to focus on self-love instead of searching for love from others. Once you accept who you are, others will have no choice but to accept you.
“People will gravitate to you, and recognise what you have instilled in you.”
For more information see www.ferrinroy.com