Bride With A Birthmark Makes A Powerful Statement About Being Proud Of Who You Are

"Covering my birthmark was never a thought."

For Ferrin Roy, growing up with a birthmark on her cheek taught her to embrace her differences as beautiful strengths. 

In a post shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page, Roy explains she was born with a nevus birthmark. There are several types of nevi, some more common than others. "Small melanocytic nevi are very common. One in every 50 to 100 people is born with a small melanocytic nevus. Large congenital nevi are more rare and occur approximately once in every 20,000 births. Giant congenital nevi are thought to occur approximately once in every 500,000 births," Nevus Outreach reports


Roy says looking back, she cannot remember a Barbie, action figure, or doll that ever looked like her. But her mother taught her how to be confident, and would come to her defense when others judged her. As she grew up, Roy learned how to defend herself, too. 

"My escape was the mirror! While looking into the mirror, I was the only one with an opinion. Most importantly, the only one with an opinion that mattered. I saw a beautiful and confident young woman with a very distinctive look," Roy writes.

In her post, Roy shares photos from her wedding day last year, and addresses how she was painted as a bride.

"There were headlines pertaining to 'the bride who refused to cover her birthmark on her wedding day!' Covering my birthmark was NEVER A THOUGHT! It's a part of me, why would I cover it?!? I am very blessed to have a supportive husband and someone who loves me for me." Roy adds that she also wrote a self-help book, The Mark She Kept, A Woman's Journey to Living her Purpose Courageously, to help others going through similar experiences and to raise awareness. 

Finally, Roy addresses society's tendency to encourage people to remove that which makes us different. 

"Choosing to embrace my birthmark was my decision. I decided to be BOLD and COURAGEOUS! Throughout my journey, I have grown. Every situation is different; some birthmarks have to be removed because of medical reasons. My removal would have been strictly cosmetic. I encourage you to take time to love yourself and do what's best for you. If that means covering your mark or scar with makeup etc ... it's OK! Continue until you are ready to break the cycle."

"It's OK to be different, sometimes, it can be quite beautiful."

Since sharing her story, Roy's post has been met with a ton of positive comments:

"You are STUNNING just the way you are," one person writes.

To be honest, I didn't even recognize or see a birthmark I just saw a beautiful bride, another adds. "I didn't even see anything until after I read the story and had to even look 3 times .... it is a part if you and you are beautiful."

You can check out more of Roy's wedding photos below.

This isn't the first time we've heard empowering stories from those embracing their birthmarks. Last year, one kid's response to a fellow student's birthmark went viral, proving what kindness can look like. And Cassandra Naud, a dancer born with hypertrichosis, shares her beauty on Instagram with the hashtags #BeautyRebel and #InMySkinIWin. In March, photographer Linda Hansen created a portrait series challenging the way people perceive birthmarks, too. 

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