At first look, Taylor Muhl looks like a typical model – pretty face with bright green eyes, beautiful blonde hair, and a slim body. But when she takes off her clothes, you’ll see what sets her apart from other models – she has two skin tones, which you can see on her torso, which has a line in the middle that separates the two skin colors.
See, Taylor has chimerism, a rare genetic condition that happens when a pregnant woman has two fraternal twin eggs fusing together in her womb. This resulted to Muhl being born with two different blood streams and immune systems, each with distinct allergies.
For instance, Muhl’s ears are sensitive to type of metal while her belly button can tolerate said metal.
Looking at Muhl’s torso, you can see the line that divides the two skin tones. The redder side originated from her fraternal twin’s genes, which Muhl absorbed while still in her mother’s womb.
This makes Muhl somehow her own twin. Her twin’s cells and DNA are in her body, which resulted to the varied reactions to stuff such as food and medications.
Muhl had no idea of her condition when she was growing up. She only knew that she has that line on her stomach.
“My whole life, my mom and I were told by doctors that it was just a birth mark,” she said. “They’d never seen anything like it. As long as it didn’t hurt, it must be a birthmark. I never knew I was different until like 6, 7, 8 years old. I was a dancer and they put us in a costume that was a two-piece and that’s when I noticed like, ‘Oh wait a minute, why don’t the other girls’ stomachs look like mine?’”
Throughout her teens, Muhl tried to cover up her stomach as much as possible.
“I would always try to cover it and not show my stomach. If I did show it, it would be with friends and family. Maybe I’d show a little midriff, that sort of thing, but I was uncomfortable.”
When she became an adult, her apprehension came less from embarassment but rather from expectations from her as a model.
She kept mum about her condition until she was in her 20s, when she finally got a diagnosis.
In 2016, she went through extensive testing, trying to remedy her condition. She then decided to speak up about chimerism.
“It all of a sudden came to me, like, what am I doing? Why am I hiding this?” she said. “This is a part of my life. I really need to start spreading awareness. This whole time I’ve looked at it like a hindrance — what my stomach looks like, and instead I need to look at it all as a gift. I was born like this and if I can do good with this and help other people, maybe to those undiagnosed, or even just spread body positivity throughout the entertainment business, then why not?”
She went public with her condition and appeared on an episode of the show The Doctors. Here, she disclosed her story.
She was thankful for the support she got from people.
“On a daily basis I get men and women writing in and saying, ‘Oh my gosh, I have this huge birth mark on the side of my leg and for years I just wore pants and because of you I just walked out in shorts,” Muhl said. “People thanking me for having the courage to show my physical abnormality. People have been so accepting and loving and kind and supportive.”
“I really do want to spread body positivity, that beauty comes in all different forms, shapes, sizes. No one should look a certain way to be in the entertainment business and in everyday life.”
Mom Warns Parents Of Baby’s Terrifying ‘Flu-Like’ Symptoms
Catching a cold during the winter season is pretty normal but watch out for symptoms because it might be a deadlier disease than you thought.
Winter is also the season of catching different respiratory diseases. Flu, coughs and colds are the most common illnesses that we could acquire but watch out for the symptoms as your runny nose may not be a simple cold at all.
Babies are the most vulnerable during the cold seasons since their immune system is still weak. This makes them susceptible to various diseases, so if it’s not really necessary to take them out of the house on winter, then don’t.
Parents should be keen at looking for symptoms that their babies manifest as it might not be a common cold after all.
Daughter Furious At Her Mother Who Shamed Her Online For Her Messy Bedroom
Who do you think is wrong in this?
While we all agree that untidiness is definitely a bad trait for any person to have, is it really a good idea to shame someone about it? This is a topic that has actually divided many over a recent viral post on social media.
Apparently, one mother had enough of her daughter’s messy bedroom and so she decided to do something about it – and she thought shaming her daughter online would be an appropriate solution. Now her daughter is furious about her mother’s action and have been calling her out for it.
24-year-old Amy has been shamed by her own mother on social media for her disorganized room.
Keaton Jones’ Father Was Abusive and Is Reportedly a Jailed White Supremacist
The plot thickens.
Keaton Jones' story has been a roller coaster ride. It started with a viral video of the boy that got everybody on the Internet--famous celebrities like Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Hailee Steinfeld, Mark Ruffalo, Katy Perry, and Chris Evans included--showing support for Keaton and condemning bullying.
The video was filmed and shared by Keaton's mother, Kimberly Jones, and it shows the child crying and asking his bullies to stop harassing him. The world was moved by Keaton's words:
“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What’s the point of it? Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? It’s not okay."
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