Lexxie Harford, 23, was born with a large birth mark across her right cheek, as well as a condition called heterochromia iridum -- i.e. two different colored eyes. After Harford was approached about joining two British television series called "The Undateables" and "Too Ugly For Love," she took to social media for a more positive outlet.
Completely comfortable with her appearance, Harfod posted three selfies on Imgur. To her surprise, the images soon gained more attention than she could have guessed. The first night that she posted her pictures, the posts racked up over 100,000 views, as well as several comments.
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Needless to say, social media users are not always the kindest to people who even slightly deviate from the norm. Although Harford received some less-than-complimentary comments like "Is she the girl who dated Chris Brown?" or "oh my god its hideous," many of the comments showed not only support, but also awe at her beauty.
"I imagine it can be tough to live with," read one comment from Toby1066. "But it's hella cool, if I'm honest."
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Harford even got a marriage proposal from speedbird014: "Would you marry me?"
Here are some of the pictures Harfurd posted (story continues below):
— Garry Cook (@gazcook) December 1, 2015
After her post unexpectedly blew up, Harford decided to address the Imgur users with a second post, in which she explained a little more about who she is and why she's proud of it:
So when I made my last album I hadn't used imgur before and had absolutely no idea that it would be so public. (Yeah, I know, dumb.) So I'm remaking this one to answer questions because I'm used to people being very curious.
1- I make a great sandwich.
2- People do mistake it for a bruise, but a lot less common than you'd think.
3- I'm absolutely not self conscious about it at all. I actually like it a lot.
4- my right eye is green and my left eye is blue, but it's not always noticeable in lighting. I'll upload images specific to that + my birthmark covered for people interested.
5- 'what's the point' - well, a lot of people are curious, or a lot of people with birthmarks cover them, so I like to show it off to raise awareness. :)
To no one's surprise, Harford's inspiring pictures and posts are going viral, proving once again that there are millions of ways to be beautiful.
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