20-year-old Evita Patcey Edgar Delmundo has had her fair share of bullying over the years. The girl who was born with moles all over her body and face was bullied for looking different than others. But this girl is proving that looking different can still be incredibly beautiful as she sets to audition for Miss Universe.
Talking to Elle Malaysia, Evita spoke about her difficult years at school. “In primary school, no one wanted to be friends with me,” she recalled. “I remember a teacher having to ask two girls to accompany me during recess, and they were whispering ‘why do we have to treat her like a princess?’”
Moreover, the 20-year-old recalls being called a “monster” and “chocolate chip cookie” because of her moles and birthmarks which cover her whole body. “It definitely wasn't easy for me. I got bullied in primary school and the other kids would call me names like 'Monster' or 'Chipsmore', which was really tough to swallow as a young girl. I was really timid and I shied away as I didn't know how to deal with it all. In fact, I've even asked my dad to come to the school to scold the mean kids!”
The bullying decreased when Evita started high school. Her mother worked there and the girl had her support and that of the other teachers to get her through those four years. But it was when she went to church camp at 16 years old that the girl finally learned to love herself.
“When I attended a church camp at the age of 16 […] I really learned how to love myself and communicate with others. This was probably the first time I truly started accepting who I was, how I look…I really learned how to love myself and communicate with others.”
Evita admits that there was a time when she considered removing her moles. She told Elle, “At first, I really wanted to. But after seeking advice from doctors, I learned that it could be a risk to my health. So I just had to accept that this is the body I've been given. But now I'm grateful I didn't change anything.”
Evita has accepted the way she looks but she is doing more than that. She is working to compete in competitions where the standard of beauty is very much set and stereotypical. The girl is defying her bullies and she is auditioning for Miss Universe.
Evita auditioned for Miss Universe Malaysia on June 17. Now she is waiting to see if she has passed to the next round. But even if she doesn’t participate in Miss Universe, she plans on pursuing other beauty pageants.
“I’m just keeping my fingers crossed. If I don’t get through, there’s always another platform,” she told Elle. Even without the exposure of a beauty pageant, this girl still has the audience to inspire people with her courage, her defiance, and her beauty. Evita has over 44,000 followers on Instagram.
“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. Knowing that I have such a positive effect on others really keeps me going.” There’s nothing to be surprised about here, Evita has proved that her different look is what makes her beautiful.
When asked about what her definition of beauty is, Evita spoke wise and true words. She said, “Beauty is not just what's on the outside; it's not someone with the perfect face or the perfect body. Beauty is who you are as a person and how you love yourself.”
“None of us are born perfect and all of us have our own strengths and weaknesses. So don't see any of your flaws as a barrier to achieving what you want. At the end of the day, everyone has something special about them, so be proud of whatever makes you 'you.'”
More that her physical beauty, Evita has proven to be beautiful and inspiring from the inside too. Let’s hope the people at Miss Universe see the beauty of her unique look. This girl is an inspiration to us all.