-I just want to bury myself

-I just want to bury myself

“People stare, but I think it’s very cool,” Danielle Lebel (28 years old) tells Jam Press.

When Leibel was born in Detroit, Michigan, she had a large birthmark on her face

Birthmarks, also called strawberry spots, consist of small blood vessels in the outer layer of skin that give the skin a strong red to violet color, according to healthline. The Great Norwegian Encyclopedia.

-I never really cared. The 28-year-old says people get really curious when they see something they’ve never seen before.

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More and more attention

Danielle LeBel thanks her parents for their comfortable relationship with the birthmark.

– My parents did a great job raising me. When children grow up with health challenges or obvious differences, they may become very self-conscious or struggle with their identity, she says.

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LeBel says she always knew who she was.

– I know what I want and how much I deserve – completely independent of my birthmark. That doesn’t mean I’ve always loved him, but I’m no less valuable even if I have a “flaw,” she says.

Without makeup: Danielle LeBel's birthmark covers the lower part of her face, as well as the left part of her neck.  Image: Jam Press

Without makeup: Danielle LeBel’s birthmark covers the lower part of her face, as well as the left part of her neck. Image: Jam Press
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She got up to put on makeup

Although LeBel is not ashamed of her birthmark, she sometimes has a hard time.

-When I was younger, I never left the house without makeup. “I never washed my face when I was spending the night with my friends, and I would wake up early to put on more makeup,” she says.

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She says she has undergone two laser treatments to make the large birthmark appear fainter, and that sometimes she feels like she is burying herself.

– Sometimes I wish I didn’t have the birthmark – that I could get up and walk out the door. I know I can. However, I resist the voice in my head that says it’s easier to wear makeup to avoid people looking at me and asking me things, she says.

Makeup: Some days, LeBelle can't bear to go out without covering her birthmark with several layers of makeup.  Image: Jam Press

Makeup: Some days, LeBelle can’t bear to go out without covering her birthmark with several layers of makeup. Image: Jam Press
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– blessing

Danielle LeBel says she started sharing her videos on TikTok, where she gained a following of 129,000.

– Although strawberry spots are very common, connecting with others who look like me and have gone through the same thing is a blessing.

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I lost my job after this


She says she has met many people through her TikTok videos.

-I have met a lot of people who I can communicate with, or who can communicate with me. She says: It’s incredible that more people don’t know about strawberry spots.

Ready for Disney

LeBel says she hopes her openness will help others.

– In movies, sitcoms and television, disfigurements and facial discoloration are seen as something scary. I want to see a princess carrying port wine brands. If Disney wants to contact me, they know where I am, she joked.

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