INSTAGRAM/Sarah TaylorSELF-LOVE: Sarah Taylor is inspiring others with her candid snaps
Sarah Taylor used to feel insecure about her facial birthmark, after years spent fielding questions from strangers.
But now she has accepted her unique marking and is encouraging self-love through her body positive Instagram account.
Refusing to edit her snaps, the 21-year-old proudly displays her port-wine stain and speaks openly about it.
But Sarah’s journey to self-acceptance hasn’t been that smooth.
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She told Allure: “When you don’t look normal, you tend to get singled out of the pack.
"As I grew up, people asked more and more questions and they started to tint them with judgment.
“‘What’s that thing on your face?’ was the typical inquiry. I’d say ‘my birthmark’ and they would say, ‘Oh wow, I’m really sorry.’
“Their response[s] left me thinking that they couldn’t be sorry for me unless my birthmark was really ugly.
"While I did have people explicitly insult me, it was the little nuances in how people acted whenever my birthmark was brought up that really made me ashamed to have it.”
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After making friends with someone who was "unapologetically herself, no matter what" Sarah began forgetting to feel self-conscious about her face.
“I stopped caring what people said about me”Sarah Taylor
She added: “Once I stopped focusing so much on what I thought other people were thinking about me, I started to grow into myself.
“Somewhere in the storm of me learning to love myself for who I was, I stopped caring what people said about me."
The New York University student has racked up more than 9,000 followers thanks to her inspiring images and she’s becoming a role model for other people with and without birthmarks.
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Sarah isn’t the only strong woman to showcase her facial birthmark, because Melanie Boyle happily hits back at strangers who say she needs surgery.
The 26-year-old said: "I try not to let it get to me, but it is frustrating when people assume my birthmark is something I'd want to fix.
"There are so many things about the world I would change before my face.
"I'm healthy and it doesn't pose a threat to me medically, so in my eyes, there's no reason to have it removed.
"I've learned how to love and accept myself."