Mother painted a replica of her son’s large birthmark on her face because she wanted him to feel like a ‘normal baby’ – and she even kept it on at work
- Enzo Cestari, one, was born with a dark birthmark covering most of his face
- His mum Carolina Giraldelli, 26, used makeup to recreate the mark on her face
- She wanted her son to feel ‘normal’ and even wore the mark to work afterwards
A mother has paid a touching tribute to her son by having a perfect replica of his birthmark painted on her face so he would feel proud of his looks.
Enzo Cestari, one, was born with a dark mark covering most of his forehead and stretching down one side of his nose, a condition known as congenital melanocytic naevi.
His mother Carolina Giraldelli, 26, from Cáceres, Brazil, vowed to never hide it, and to make sure he knew he was perfect just the way he is.
The businesswoman asked a professional make up artist to replicate her son’s birthmark on her own face to celebrate his uniqueness – and even wore the makeup to work.
Carolina Giraldelli, 26, from Cáceres, Brazil, recreated her son’s birthmark using makeup
Little Enzo Cestari, one, was born with a dark birthmark covering most of his forehead and stretching down one side of his nose
Carolina spent the day wearing the make up so she could better understand the prejudice her son faces.
She said: ‘I confess that for some time it was very difficult to see and feel the eyes of society flickering my son with looks of pity, contempt, scare and sometimes disgust.
‘But even though it is not easy, my husband and I act normally and we will always show him as he is.’
Carolina said she felt ‘beautiful’ when the makeup was finished.
Caroline even decided to wear the makeup for work after showing Enzo her transformation
Enzo has a condition known as congenital melanocytic naevi, a type of birthmark that is caused by an overgrowth of pigment cells in the skin
Enzo via c-section after a scan revealed his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck twice
WHAT IS CONGENITAL MELANOCYTIC NAEVI?
Congenital melanocytic naevi are a type of birthmark that are also known as congenital moles.
They’re relatively large brown or black moles that are present from birth and are caused by an overgrowth of pigment cells in the skin.
Most congenital melanocytic naevi become proportionally smaller and less obvious with time.
They may darken during puberty or become bumpy or hairy.
‘I love his birthmark so much; so much so that I wanted, at least for a moment, to have that mark on me too,’ she continued.
‘I wanted to show Enzo this love so I asked my friend who is a makeup artist to create exactly the same look that Enzo has on my face.
‘The make-up and photos were held close to Mother’s Day here, to honour Enzo who is the greatest gift of God that I could ever receive.
‘After the make up was complete I was very moved because I felt like the most beautiful woman in the world.’
The little boy had an adorable reaction when he noticed there was something different – or familiar – about his mother.
Carolina said: ‘When I got home, Enzo’s reaction was complete joy – even though he did not completely understand.
‘I’m sure he loved my attitude. We took lots of pictures and our morning was a lot of fun. After the photos I went to work with the makeup on.
Carolina first thought Enzo’s birthmark was dirt, but realised something was wrong when she saw the ‘frightened’ looks on the medics’ faces
When he was just five-days-old Enzo had to undergo surgery to check the birthmark was harmless
Carolina vowed to never hide his unique mark and to make sure he knew he was perfect just the way he is
‘Several people looked at me with many different looks, but I was very calm because I felt like the most proud mother in the world.
‘I kept the make up on until I went to bed that night, but how I felt has stayed with me every since.’
Enzo was born in May 2017 via c-section after a scan revealed his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck twice.
Carolina said she first realised something was different about her son due to the ‘frightened’ looks on the medics’ faces.
She wanted her son to feel ‘normal’ by seeing someone who had the same features as him
Carolina said people gave her strange looks when she worked with the birthmark on her face
When she discovered her son’s birthmark Carolina deiced to be a ‘stronger’ person for her son
She said initially she thought it was a ‘little bit of dirt’ but said even when she realised it was a large birthmark, she was just grateful he was born healthy and crying.
‘I decided that from then on I should become another person who was much stronger, fearless, brave, and ready to face all the obstacles that would now be presented to my son,’ said Carolina.
When he was just five-days-old Enzo had to undergo surgery to check the birthmark – called Congenital Melanocytic Nevi – was harmless.
Tests revealed that Enzo’s birthmark was nothing more than a mark and wouldn’t cause him harm
Most congenital melanocytic naevi become proportionally smaller and less obvious with time
After sharing a video of the moment she was sent ‘words of comfort and encouragement’ from other mums
‘The result arrived and we could verify that the spots were only, in a colloquial sense, nothing more than like paint on his face,’ said Carolina.
Carolina had the make up applied by friend Elaine Ricci last month and shared the photos online.
The businesswoman who works in packaging and party supplies, who is married to João Renato Cestari, 33, added: ‘The words of comfort, encouragement and the wonderful comments were so many that my emotions just took over.
‘I believe countless mothers had these same feelings when they saw the picture with my son.’
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