Twenty-year-old Evita Delmundo is used to people staring at her from across the room.
She told New Straits Times that she often finds it amusing.
But now she’s hoping to catch the attention of the judges in the 2018 Miss Universe Malaysia competition. Delmundo submitted her application and attended the audition in mid-June.
The moles that once were the fodder for bullies in high school have now become her standout feature in the world’s most prestigious beauty contest.
Doctors told Delmundo that she was born with a rare condition known as Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevus (CMN).
According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, CMN is a skin condition where benign malformations appear on the skin. Giant CMN is rare; it’s only present in an estimated 1 in 50,000 births.
Delmundo hopes to use her skin condition as a way to gain attention for different kinds of beautiful people.
So far, her plan appears to be working.
During the Miss Universe Malaysia auditions, Delmundo immediately made an impression. The aspiring beauty queen donned a white spaghetti strap shirt and posed proudly with the current champion.
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Miss universe audition I made it ! Meet @samanthakayty ???? miss universe Malaysia 2017 ??? ❤ she is nice friendly I love her ,she also give me a good advice for being a miss universe Thnk you so much Love ya ? Good luck to perform the miss universe competion you can do it ?
Delmundo wrote in her Instagram caption:
Miss universe audition I made it!
Soon after, the young beauty contestant was interviewed for New Straits Times and Elle Malaysia. She was promoted by the Miss Universe contest as someone who “embraces her body and defines beauty.”
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) June 22, 2017
Her friends and followers on Instagram commented that they wished they had her confidence.
But Delmundo hasn’t always been confident in the way she looks.
In fact, she told Elle Malaysia that she hoped to get the moles removed in high school but was told it could be detrimental to her health.
According to the Daily Mail, as a child, Delmundo was often bullied for the large, hairy moles that covered her entire body.
Her schoolmates called her a chocolate chip cookie and a “monster” for her appearance.
She told Elle Malaysia:
“It definitely wasn’t easy for me. I got bullied in primary school and the other kids would call me names like ‘Monster’ or ‘Chipsmore’, which was really tough to swallow as a young girl. I was really timid and I shied away as I didn’t know how to deal with it all. In fact, I’ve even asked my dad to come to the school to scold the mean kids!”
But her view of herself changed when she turned 16 and went to church camp.
“Luckily, the bullying lessened later on. My mother taught at my high school, so I was lucky to have support from her and the other teachers. It was when I attended a church camp at the age of 16 that I really learned how to love myself and communicate with others. This was probably the first time I truly started accepting who I was, how I look.”
She hopes to make people with insecurities feel more confident in themselves:
“None of us are born perfect and all of us have our own strengths and weaknesses. So don’t see any of your flaws as a barrier to achieving what you want. At the end of the day, everyone has something special about them, so be proud of whatever makes you ‘you.'”
Dearly reached out to Delmundo for a comment, but she had not responded by the time of publication.
Entries for Miss Universe Malaysia 2018 are currently open to unmarried, single, non-Muslim, women citizens of Malaysia between the ages of 18 and 26. Contestants will be notified by email if they have been accepted to the competition.
For now, Delmundo and the rest of the world will sit and wait to see if the young girl moves on to the next round.