Melanie Gaydos, Model With Rare Genetic Disorder, Takes on the Fashion World

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No one is more beautiful and inspiring than model Melanie Gaydos.

The 27-year-old model was born with ectodermal dysplasia, a genetic disorder that affects the growth of teeth, pores, cartilage, nails and even small bones. 

The condition means Melanie is bald, and doesn't have any adult teeth. 

Talking about her symptons, Melanie explained: “Ectodermal Dysplasia means my pores are very small and I have very little body hair.”

She went on: “I only have three baby teeth at the moment… My baby teeth grew in and then they promptly started decaying.”

The disease resulted in her undergoing 30-40 surgeries as a young woman, and on top of that, Gaydos struggled with an alcoholic family, abuse and suicidal thoughts.

“As a child I faced a lot of bullying and a lot of people stared at me,” she said. “When I was about 16 I was really depressed and suicidal I didn’t really want to live – I didn’t think that I would be alive past the age of 18.”

But despite having the odds firmly stacked against her, the 27-year-old has forged a career as a top fashion model.

Melanie explained that her modelling career began shortly after she moved to New York City.

“I ended up meeting and starting a lot of my fashion work based off of Craigslist because there were a lot of fashion photographers on there who were looking for models who didn’t have a stereotypical look.”

And now Melanie is so popular that she works as an actress and model full time.

Hopefully, Gaydos' success is a sign that the fashion world is becoming more open to models whose looks don't adhere to conventional beauty standards.

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