‘Her face looked grilled’: Baby called ‘hideous’ and ‘defective’ when born, but wait till you see this little princess today
It is deeply disheartening to hear that the newborn baby in South Australia, Australia has been subjected to hurtful comments, such as comparing her face to baking, and being called ‘terrible’ and ‘defective.’ No child should ever have to endure such negativity and cruelty based on their appearance.
When Angelica was born on May 6, 2018, she was undeniably beautiful, with her cute button nose, gorgeous eyes, and a unique heart-shaped port wine stain on her face. While many friends and family members accept and appreciate Angelica’s birthmark, it is unfortunate that some individuals still feel the need to pass hurtful comments about her appearance.
The insensitive comments, including labeling Angelica as “hideous” and a “defect,” have undoubtedly added to the challenges faced by her family. However, it is truly inspiring to see the resilience and determination of Angelica’s mother, Marianna Bowering, who is doing everything she can to ensure that her daughter grows up knowing her own beauty and worth.
In a powerful act of solidarity and love, Marianna recently used makeup to paint a replica of Angelica’s birthmark on her own face. Inspired by vascular birthmark awareness day, where people are encouraged to paint a heart on their cheeks, Marianna decided to go even further and recreate Angelica’s port wine stain. Her intention was to show that she, too, wanted to be just as beautiful as her daughter.
It is devastating to hear that some people suggested that Angelica’s facial spots would fade over time or that she could simply conceal them with makeup. These comments only added to Marianna’s pain and frustration, as she questioned why her daughter should be made to hide her natural beauty rather than embracing it.
This heartbreaking situation serves as a reminder of the harsh realities faced by individuals who do not conform to society’s conventional standards of beauty. However, it also underscores the critical importance of acceptance and love for all individuals, regardless of their appearance.
Right from the beginning, Marianna and her husband recognized that Angelica’s birthmark was not something they or she should be ashamed of. They actively work to ensure that Angelica understands her birthmark is something to be celebrated. Before creating the matching “birthmark” on herself, Marianna adorned Angelica’s port wine stain with glitter to make it shine.
While children with port wine stains on their faces may be at risk of developing other health conditions, Marianna reassured everyone that Angelica is healthy. Regular check-ups, especially for her eyes due to potential concerns about glaucoma, are part of their routine.
Angelica, you are truly beautiful just the way you are. Never let anyone tell you otherwise.
Marianna, thank you for being an amazing mother and continuously showing your daughter that there is nothing wrong with her birthmark. Your love and support are truly commendable.