Born with numerous health issues, Melanie Gaydos has faced some of the most difficult challenges imaginable in her 29 short years. The Connecticut born woman has transformed what most of us would perceive as setbacks into an empowering life filled with the kind of experiences that some of us could only dream of.

Melanie Gaydos Is Breaking Modeling Barriers

Diagnosed with ectodermal dysplasia, a rare genetic condition that affects how Melanie’s hair, pores, bones, nails and cartilage develop, she’s also struggled with alopecia, partial blindness, a bilateral cleft palate and lacks any teeth.

She Was Born With A Rare Genetic Condition

Despite all of her physical disabilities, Melanie refuses to let that stand in the way of her happiness. The former art school graduate set her sights on modeling, after first answering an ad on Craigslist. After her initial modeling gig, Melanie was hooked and other agencies quickly began to take notice of her unique look.

But She Doesn’t Let Ectodermal Dysplasia Get In The Way Of Her Dreams

The highly sought-after model told Yahoo Style that she’s made the effort to put more faith in herself as a human being: “Modelling really inspired all of that. In a strange way it helped confirm and validate my reasons for living.”

Her Unusual Look Got Everyone In The Fashion Industry’s Attention

She’s like no other!

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