This Model's Amazing Video Will Influence How You Feel About Your Body Forever
StylelikeU asked stunning model, Melanie Gaydos to participate in the What's Underneath Project because she bears witness to their belief that style: Is not about wanting to be someone else, Is comfort in your skin, Is your spirit, Is What's Underneath.
Gaydos has a genetic disorder called ectodermal dysplasia, which affects her pores, hair, teeth, and fingernails. But, her condition does not stop her career in modeling. She is a high fashion model.
The What's Underneath Project interviews people about how they feel judged for their bodies as they gradually undress and show their bodies as they really are. By the end of her beautifully told story, Gaydos is in her underwear.
"When I go on a photo shoot, the other industry models don't know what to make of me," she says in the video "They're usually like, 'What the fuck is this?' It's difficult for me in the fashion world; people think I'm a gimmick and that I'm just being exploited for my differences." she added
Despite all she has been through and being considered by many as 'different,' she says she has no regret and that she wouldn't change anything about herself because her whole life experience made her who she is today. "I have thought how I would be if I was born without a cleft palate and with a full head of hair, and I think I would be really boring," she says. "Even though I've been through a lot, they're my experiences, and I like where everything has brought me today."
What is StyleLikeU?
Founded in 2009 by a mother, Elisa, and her daughter, Lily, StyleLikeU is a multimedia platform that honors individuals with authentic personal style. Disheartened by the increasingly soulless fashion world of unattainable imagery and big brand homogeneity, Elisa and Lily decided to combat fashion’s top-down ideology that you need to be “on trend” in order to be “in fashion” and that you need to change yourself physically in order to be beautiful.
-Be aware of how marketing affects you.
-Don’t wish to be someone else.
-You are your best editor.
-Beauty is confidence.
-Your imperfections make you you.
-Vulnerability is strength.
-Trendiness is not style.
-Dress for yourself.
-Question your assumptions
-Don’t limit yourself to boxes and labels.
-Life is not a dress rehearsal
-Style cannot be bought
-Indifference is not cool
-Style is political.