“I think beauty means diversity and beauty doesn’t come in one size, one colour, one shape. It comes in a variety and I’m actually quite proud of the way I look today,” Marika Nagy.
Last November, we had the chance to kick it with Marika Nagy for a video campaign and photoshoot in downtown Bremen. The shoot was for a feature in Barcroft's SHAKE YOUR BEAUTY campaign, which features people of the world who were born with conditions that make them stand out from the rest - and what they do to harnasss their differences for their own personal strength and everyday successes.
Marika lives with an extremely rare skin condition called Congenital Melanocytic Nevus, which affects 1 in 500 000 newborns. This skin condition meant that during Marika’s childhood and into her adult life she's had to endure years of bullying and overcome social challenges in everyday situations.
But Marika is fierce, and this energetic 21 year (who also happens to be a mom!) is breaking full-on into her modelling/influencer career - and her condition is something that she believes is actually her own personal key to success. She uses her social media platforms to actively advocate 'beauty outside the box' and talks openly about her skin, self acceptance and all that crucial stuff we as women, and as people who struggle with our own differences, should hear.
Ummm hello, amazing. Here are three lil' take-away tips from our afternoon with this pint-sized powerhouse:
CELEBRATE YOUR STRENGTHS
Using her condition to leverage her modelling career, Marika is celebrating her own strengths. Strengths don’t have to be big or noticeable, they simply have to be YOURS. By paying more attention to what we are good at and less attention to what we are maybe not total wizzes at, we can live more meaningfully and strive to well, strengthen our strengths! By celebrating our own powers we can also celebrate the strengths of others.
YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE (and that's a good thing)
SELF KINDNESS IS KEY
Click to watch Marika's SHAKE YOUR BEAUTY here.