When she was growing up, other people made Alba Parejo feel like a monster. Indeed, bullies cruelly targeted her because of the many moles and birthmarks that cover her entire body. But after years of feeling worthless, she’s now learning to love herself – and her unique appearance has even led her on to big things.
Parejo has had some time to get used to how she looks, however, as she’s had marked skin since she was a baby. Back then, the Spanish native was diagnosed with congenital melanocytic nevus, with “nevus” being the medical term for a skin lesion. And how the condition affects people depends on its severity; Parejo, for example, has over 500 large moles and birthmarks across her face and body, making hers a relatively extreme example.
Consequently, before she reached five years old, Parejo was constantly in and out of hospital. In fact, she had a total of 30 operations on the areas affected by congenital melanocytic nevus. The stress of the surgeries eventually became too much for the youngster from Barcelona, though, and so her treatment was curtailed.
Congenital melanocytic nevus itself, meanwhile, begins to establish itself in the first three months of pregnancy. Specifically, it creates distinctly colored patches of skin and is prompted by cell mutation that occurs when an embryo is developing in the womb. However, as Mark Beckwith, CEO of non-profit organization Nevus Outreach, would tell the Daily Mail in March 2017, the disease is nevertheless “very rare.”
Unfortunately, when she was growing up, the skin condition left Parejo with low self-esteem. And not only was she battling with her birthmarks, but the surgeries had also left her scarred. As a result, she would later admit that her looks were hard to deal with as a teen.