While some have shaped birthmarks and freckles, others have unique genetic skin conditions that we are still learning about today. Let's take a look at the many mutations that resulted in gorgeous humans.
This beautiful brown and grey eye is from a person that the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) would suggest has Partial Heterochromia. This remarkable condition doesn't occur often, but wow, so captivating!
The AAO explained that this occurs when a person's iris has variations in the distribution of melanin or pigment, giving color to our eyes and skin. The beautiful trait must be an eye-catching conversation starter at any party or event this person attends!
The owner of this hand, Twitter user @vF_KROADER, has referred to it as his "Good hand," joking that it gives him increased ability with a video game controller. While it might seem out of the ordinary for those of us with 5 fingers on each hand, this gamer was born just as depicted in the photo below.
The Boston Children's Hospital reported that this condition could be referred to as Symbrachydactyly, a rare congenital trait. It can be displayed by a hand with fingers that were not formed normally, whether that may be extra long or short, webbed, or conjoined.
Possibly surprising to some, this interesting hole in the ear is not simply a piercing missing an earring. Instead, Healthline would suggest this person could have been born with Preauricular Pits, a condition resulting in a small hole in the front of one's ear.
This little hole interestingly connects to a sinus tract under the person's skin. While it's reportedly not painful, it does look like a great place to put the newest accessory added to the jewelry box. But, we've looked it up, and the professionals advise against it.
Believe it or not, this gorgeous eye doesn't have white mascara on; they were simply born with 2-tone eyelashes! The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) explained that this striking trait could occur on a person's eyebrows, eyelashes, or scalp.
The color of this person's eye is undoubtedly amplified by the cluster of eyelashes that have prematurely turned lighter. Interestingly, NORD reported that this beautiful occurrence could happen anywhere from mid-childhood to early adulthood in those who have the genetic trait for it.
Some best friends buy matching bracelets or shirts, but this pair has nearly identical yet opposite birthmarks! The C.S. Mott Children's Hospital has suggested the official name of this kind of formation as Café-au-lait Spots. They are said to be smooth marks visible since birth.
We can guess that means these besties were destined to cross paths since the day they were born! An article produced by the hospital described the birthmarks as a contained overgrowth of cells, typically oval in shape, ranging from light to dark brown in color.
The AAO determined 1 out of every 5 people have differing pupil sizes, many of which do not experience issues. But, for those who may have preexisting nervous system conditions, a history of eye damage, or viral infections, their eye might look something like this girl's.
While it might look different than a typical set of eyes, this unique trait has not been reported to affect eye health or vision negatively. Time to take a look in the mirror, people! Some of us might just be the lucky ones with the cool conversation starter.
Generational Waardenburg Syndrome
This adorable little girl's hair color is remarkable enough, but she actually matches with her mother as well! This, however, is not a case of a trip to the hairdresser. Instead, according to MedlinePlus, it is thought to be thanks to an autosomal dominant set of genes.
The National Organization for Rare Disorders has referred to this kind of generational trait as Waardenburg Syndrome. According to the group, this family might carry genes that are subject to highly diminished pigmentation of their hair. What a beautiful trait to bond these two!
NORD explained that this type of Waardenburg Syndrome, WS1, which includes the unique "Sideways displacement of the inner angles of the eyes," is referred to as Dystopia Canthorum. While his snowy-white head of luscious locks is what may have caught the eye first, his charming eyes have stolen our heart.
In an interesting twist of events, NORD reported that there might be no apparent family history of the condition in people who have these unique features. In these cases, researchers suggest that it may sometimes come from a new genetic mutation developing for unknown reasons.
Most of us remember seeing this skin condition when music icon Michael Jackson used to grace stages worldwide. This individual here is in the same approximate 1% of the world’s population whose bodies do not produce melanin to their skin, otherwise known as Vitiligo.
Healthline defined Vitiligo as when a person's cells that are responsible for the skin's color are destroyed. Once these cells lose the ability to produce melanin, those areas of the skin turn visibly white, no matter what a person's complexion looks like.
At a glance, these might look like any other hands, but a double-take shows that this person's thumbs are not thumbs at all! Instead, they are 5th fingers that replicate the other 4. MedlinePlus suggested that this unique feature can come from having an extra bone or joint in the thumb, causing it to look like an ordinary finger.
MedlinePlus further hypothesized that this unique condition could be referred to as Triphalangeal Thumb. It's said to be a type of DOORS Syndrome, where the finger's abnormalities are present from birth. Thus, many people with hands like these have become used to it over time.
Believe it or not, every member of this cheery-looking Indian family carries the same genes of albinism. According to MedlinePlus, this form of genetic difference is called Oculocutaneous Albinism and is characterized by affected pigmentation of the hair, skin, and eyes.
These individuals are said to portray lighter-colored features and even have reduced pigmentation in the irises of their eyes. In addition, the medical group said that this form of albinism is most oftentimes inherited via an autosomal recessive pattern. Meaning, this has been part of this family's history for many generations.
Single Palmar Crease
If boredom has ever taken one as far as to study the lines on their hands, one might have realized that they have about 3 curved lines on the inside of their palm. However, if a solid straight-line dominates the palm, MedlinePlus refers to that as a Single Palmar Crease or Simian Crease.
It is hypothesized statistically speaking that approximately 1 out of 30 people have this condition, as MedlinePlus reports. But, if you're searching and cannot find it, don't fret! Men are supposedly twice as likely as females to own this intriguing feature.
Many in the medical community have described Arachnodactyly, AKA Spider Fingers, as when a person has abnormally long and slender fingers. The National Organization for Rare Disorders explained that permanently flexed extremities could also characterize this unique human trait.
According to NORD, this interesting condition could include the long-lasting fixation of joints such as the fingers, toes, knees, elbows, and hips. While most can't imagine what this might be like, others are in our boat of thinking about the many toe rings this person could accessorize with.
Even in the summers, those with Raynaud's - or what NORD described as a vascular disorder, or poor circulation and blood flow to the limbs - is more common than people think. The organization stated, although it's caused by "Episodes of constriction of very small blood vessels" in the fingers and toes, it's essentially painless.
While this poor circulation is characterized by a person's normal skin tone turning paper-white, it's typically deemed an autoimmune disease due to the poor circulation. Thus, a non-profit organization called The Raynaud's Association was formed to help those who have the trait cope and participate in daily activities.
Healthline deemed these interesting-looking knuckles as hypermobile joints. They, according to the health industry, are often chalked up to double jointedness. However, these genetically pushed-back knuckles are very uncommon and are said actually to be caused by loose ligaments in the body.
According to Healthline, this interesting ability can be characterized by a person having the ability to extend their body parts easily. Whether it be individual fingers, knuckles, shoulder blades, etc., people with Hypermobile Joints have the ability to move past the normal range of motion.
Adorable Connie Lloyd (left) was born with a bright red birthmark on her nose. However, doctors did warn Connie's parents that if her birthmark were to be disturbed, great danger could come her way. Thus, the Lloyd family had to make a life-changing decision.
After Doctors warned the Lloyd family about the severe risks of even a mere scratch on Connie's bright red birthmark, the family decided to op-in to surgery to get their little girl's nose fixed from all traces of the mark. Thankfully, the surgery was successful, and Connie lives with nearly all traces removed!
Healthline described this person's Port-Wine Stain, or Nevus Flammeus, as a type of birthmark. However, this unique trait can take many different forms depending on the human with which it is formed. It's been reported that the size of each stain can range from a mere millimeter to several centimeters.
Although the stains can appear anywhere on the body, Healthline suggested that the more common areas are: "One side of the face, head, and neck, but they may also affect the abdomen, legs, or arms." In this example, the woman in the photo has hers spread across her face.
There's simply no denying that Hollywood's Kate Bosworth has a stunning set of eyes. In fact, her unique windows to the soul happen to be different colors! Referred to as Heterochromia Iridium by Healthline, Bosworth has one blue eye, the other half brown, half blue.
NORD suggested that the formation of this unique trait can be due to the underdevelopment of the connective tissue within the eye. While this might sound scary, Kate has assured that the intriguing coloring of her eyes is painless to her. And, knowing that, we enjoy them even more!
According to the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH), about 1 in 19,000 people in the United States have a form of albinism. Thus, people like this snow angel-looking model have a complete absence of melanin. As for what that means?
It has been widely reported that individuals and families alike that have OCA1a have an undeniably unique look to them. From white hair to extremely fair skin, many of their light eyes sparkle in the sun or the outdoors. Talk about eye-catching beauty!
For years, it has been said that every freckle represents the kiss of an angel. And, while many of us have believed it to be true, it turns out that freckles are actually the result of good old genetics and sunshine. In fact, Healthline dove into a deeper explanation.
Of the 2 kinds of freckles, there are Ephelides and Solar Lentigines. The former is the more common picture that comes to mind when people think about freckles. The latter is made up of dark patches of skin, more prominent freckles that develop during adulthood.
Absent Wisdom Teeth
According to the Dental Research JournalTrusted Source, it's believed that an estimated 5 to 37% of people are missing one or more of their third molars, known as Wisdom Teeth. And, while the reason is still unknown, the organization hypothesized it being due to individual genetics.
While there are many who have to go through the painful surgery and long recovery time of getting one's Wisdom Teeth removed, Healthline reported some interesting data. According to them, approximately 20% of people are born without this set of teeth. And the rest? Well, they take a less-favored trip to the orthodontist.
Believe it or not, these feet belong to the one and only Meghan Markle! And, while taking a closer look, one may notice that her second toes are significantly longer than her big toes. This is what Healthline refers to as Morton's Toe or Morton's Foot.
While this longer growth of the second metatarsal is painless to the toe for most, it's been reported to increase the chances of developing calluses or pain on the soles of one's feet. And, a little known fact, Markle isn't the only one with Morton's Toe; the Statue of Liberty is rumored to have it as well!
This might come as a shock to many, but the direction of one's belly button has nothing to do with how an umbilical cord was cut or clamped at birth. In fact, Healthline reported that having an "outie" Navel is quite normal and harmless, not to mention unique!
Even though they are seen less often than navels that turn inward, these kinds of outwards-facing belly buttons are reportedly harmless. However, there is a rare chance that those with this trait might be in danger of their intestines becoming trapped. This is highly unlikely but possible.
Red, orange, or ginger-colored hair is widely thought of as a unique trait in both men and women. Having this bright color so close to other facial features often makes one's eye color pop brighter. On top of that, these lucky people are among the world's small but mighty population of 1-2% to rock the red locks.
Healthline hypothesized that these individuals with fire-colored hair are the holders of a special genetic mutation that resulted in their hair being the color it is. From all ranges of red to orange, people with this extravagant hair color are often envied by many.
“X” Palm Line
The National Organization for Rare Disorders hypothesized that at least 3% of the world's population has this interesting "X" shape on their palms. As mentioned before, humans typically have 3 lines that curve across the inside of their hands. However, this is yet another abnormality.
Here, instead of smooth curved lines, this person's palms nearly show the "X" of a treasure map (about 6 or so!) This might not seem like such a big deal compared to others mentioned on this list, but this is a remarkable enigma as far as we are concerned.
Rare Thumb Positions
Without thinking about the movements of your hands, clasp your fingers together comfortably. Now, look down at your thumbs and notice which is on top. Or, if your thumbs are parallel to each other, you are a lucky member of a very small percentage of humans!
According to NORD, if you crossed left thumb over right or vice versa, your brain is dominated by either the left or right hemisphere. However, if you clasped your hands and both thumbs ended up parallel to each other, pat yourself on the back because that is considered very unique!
If there is any confusion about what this next condition truly means, allow us to help you out here. According to HealthPlus, "gleeking" - or to "gleek" - is the ability to squirt saliva from the glands under one's tongue. Intrigued yet? Wait, we should warn you...
This may occasionally (and awkwardly) happen by accident while in conversation or even yawning. However, it is actually just a natural occurrence that shouldn't cause any alarm or discomfort. Additionally, some people with the unique condition can even do it on command!
This girl is named Lilly, and unfortunately, due to the beautifully unique hair trait that she has had since birth, she's grown accustomed to lots of stares. Since then, she has learned to stand up for herself and accept her hair for what NORD suggested it is: Piebaldism.
Over the years, Lilly has grown to love her uniquely white hair. According to NORD, this drastic difference in hair color can be caused by a lack of pigment, or premature graying, in the hair above Lilly's forehead. Today, the young girl is a thriving model on-the-rise, and we can certainly see why!
Meet Mekhi Alante Lucky. He is a model, and much like actress Kate Bosworth, he has different colored eyes. However, Lucky is a prime example of what the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) refers to as Complete Heterochromia. This is when a person's eyes are two completely different colors.
Here, it is clear that one of Mekhi's irises is ocean blue, while the other is chocolate brown. The young model has shared on his social media that "People stare at [him] all the time." But, with eyes like his, can we blame them? This is what people buy colored contacts to achieve!
Elisany da Cruz Silva is a model with Gigantism. According to her story on Healthline, Silva grew to the height of 6 foot 9 inches due to a tumor on her pituitary gland. This massive growth spurt occurred because Elisany's body produced too much somatotropin, or the growth hormone, as explained by the medical platform.
The tall woman eventually met a man and fell in love like many other people, and he happened to be of average height! Silva's story, along with the many others on this list, proves that unique traits can set humans apart in some of the best ways imaginable.
We already know all about those gorgeous little "dents" that appear on our cheeks upon smiling. But that's actually not the only place where dimples can emerge. The result of indented skin, a cleft chin causes that same beloved trait - as seen below.
But while an operation called mentoplasty can "correct" the typically harmless feature, not everybody opts to have theirs changed. Just like Croatian model Marija Piskac, who believes her dimple gives her a special edge. And we certainly couldn't agree more.
Allow us to introduce Brooke McKenzie: the daughter of Mekhi Lucky, or as we like to call her, one of the luckiest girls alive - literally. One look at that picture below, and it's clear the blue-eyed beauty inherited her father's remarkable eyes. But what exactly caused the stunning trait?
Just like Mekhi, the child was born with Heterochromia, a condition that affects the color of one's iris. Unfortunately, Brooke's eyes aren't the only thing that's been affected, though. She also lost hearing in both of her ears as a result. But with the help of a hearing aid and her family's support, she seems to be doing great!
Look familiar? Our next remarkable trait was found on many familiar faces, including Elizabeth Taylor herself. Called distichiasis, "sufferers" of the typically harmless condition boast extra lashes. It might just be a few strands, or it might call for an entire additional set of them.
According to WebMD, one can either be born with the unique feature or develop it later on in life due to changes in their environment. In other words? There's still hope for the rest of us "non-sufferers." All jokes aside, the beautiful feature is truly a sight for sore eyes.
Believe it or not, our next unique condition is actually more common than one may have thought. According to The Institution of Engineering and Technology, 1 in 500 babies are born with extra toes or fingers. But the defect, known as polydactyly, actually calls for so much more than just customized gloves or shoes.
As research from the University of Freiburg, Imperial College London, and Université de Lausanne alleged, the feature actually serves as a blessing in disguise. "The polydactyl individual's brains were well adapted to controlling extra workload and even had dedicated areas for the extra fingers," Professor Burdet revealed. Thumbs up!
While our next remarkable feature might go easily undetected, it's actually quite common. In fact, about 5% of the population has been born with it. A "double crown" is simply 2 whirls of hair in the upper back of one's head. As for the cause of the condition?
Unfortunately, there's no definitive answer to that question. As far as researchers are concerned, there's no underlying purpose or cause to the rare trait. And while it might be linked to one's genetics, it doesn't say any more about a person than their eye shape or hair color, for instance.
Contrarily, our next condition affects only 1 in 100,000 infants. Thumb hypoplasia occurs due to the underdevelopment of a person's thumb. As a result, such thumbs will probably appear much smaller than one's other fingers. Or, it simply won't grow at all.
But don't worry: not only is surgery and occupational therapy typically able to help sufferers, but the condition is not the result of anything a mother may have done while pregnant. Take a look at the striking feature above and keep scrolling for more fascinating features...
While the thought of a human etch-a-sketch might sound thrilling, unfortunately, it's not always fun and games. For sufferers of dermatographia, even the slightest bit of pressure or scratch can result in hives or a stubborn rash - something about 2-5% of the population face, as Jason Miller, M.D. revealed.
Thankfully, the mysterious condition is typically harmless, with symptoms that "usually come and go within minutes," as Miller explained. Look no further than Isabella De la Mora, above, who's been documenting her condition - and the beautiful creations it calls for - on Instagram for about 2 years now.
One glance at that doe-eyed beauty, and she can easily pass for a Disney princess. Unfortunately, the truth behind her striking feature is actually far from a fairytale. The adorable toddler was born with a rare condition called Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome.
Axenfeld-Rieger affects both the cornea and the iris, making one's eyes appear bigger. Sure enough, after having corrective surgery and taking necessary precautions such as sunglasses outside, baby Mehlani is doing well. And we couldn't be prouder.
One quick glance at that picture and it's clear that Miss Ava Clarke Edney is a shining star. As you can see, she is absolutely beautiful. The African American child was born with Albinism, something she and her mother describe as the "perfect 'flaw.'"
The genetic disorder causes a lack of pigment in one's skin, hair, or eyes. But that hasn't slowed Ava down one bit. In fact, the inspiring young girl has turned to social media to spread awareness of the rare condition. And we can't wait to see where life takes her...
Almost 15 years ago, Amanda Wanklin and Michael Biggs welcomed healthy twin girls: Millie Marcia Madge Biggs and Marcia Millie Madge Biggs. Safe to say, a lot has changed since then. "Parents would stop me and say: 'Are they your daughters?'" Amanda revealed of the confusion that only continued to grow over the years. Why?
As the girls got older, their once identical skin color began to change - Millie's darker and Marcia's lighter. But according to geneticist Alicia Martin, it's actually quite common in biracial fraternal twins. "It's a quantitative trait," she explained. Millie inherited her mom's DNA while Marcia, their father's.
There's innies, there's outies, and… there's swirlies. While the thought of one's belly button being shaped like a spiral seems almost too good to be true, it's actually all too real for a lucky few. How? It all depends on how one's umbilical cord falls off upon birth.
Despite common myth, our belly button's appearance is related to how we heal - not how the cord was initially cut. For those with a spiral-looking belly button, as seen above, the umbilical cord leaves a scar in the form of a swirly shape. And suddenly, we can't stop staring.
Just when we thought it couldn't get any better than icy-blue eyes, this Instagram user decided to prove us wrong. Meet Jade Soutar, one of our many beauties born with heterochromia. As a result of the condition, one of her eyes is blue, while the other has a patch of brown.
Luckily, as we already know, the condition is generally harmless. And even some of our favorite celebrities boast the same unique trait. From Kate Bosworth to Mila Kunis, we've seen heterochromia on the red carpet many, many times. Nonetheless, that doesn't make it any less breathtaking, does it?
Heart-shaped Birth Mark
We've all seen beauty marks before - but we'd be lying if we said this baby's didn't just win over our hearts. Meet Çınar Engin, otherwise known as the "love baby." The adorable infant was born with a rare heart-shaped mark on his forehead, as seen below.
"I was really surprised. When I came close to his head, I realized that it was an amazing heart," his mother, Murat, proudly revealed. Safe to say, we're equally as pleasantly surprised. And we'd say that baby is going to be a real heart-breaker when he grows up…
"Uncombable Hair Syndrome"
When baby Shilah was born, Mr. and Mrs. Madison didn't notice anything out of the ordinary. As fate would have it, though, all of that changed in the blink of an eye. Their daughter's once soft, brown hair soon morphed into dry, blonde hair - something even they couldn't wrap their heads around.
As they eventually discovered, Shilah had "uncombable hair syndrome," which is exactly what it sounds like. The remarkable condition typically develops during infancy and disappears during later years, resulting in frizzy, hard to manage hair. But based on the young girl's Instagram page, she seems to love her hair - and so we do!
Abnormally Long Fingers
While having long fingers might not seem like much compared to "uncombable hair syndrome" or heart-shaped beauty marks, it's certainly enough to make us do a double-take. This Reddit user shared a picture of their hand online, and it left many users as amazed as we are.
"I've been told my peace sign is unusually wide," the owner of these remarkably long fingers explained. It certainly is. And we'd be lying if we weren't a little bit jealous right now. We're sure the term "hard to reach places" means nothing when it comes to these fingers.
While Ava Edney reminded us of the beautiful effects albinism has on one's appearance, allow our next face to elaborate further. "I have purple eyes," Reddit user u/Sorranne revealed. Just like Ava, this user possesses the same remarkable hereditary condition.
While those with albinism lack a usual amount of melanin in their skin, it also can have a direct impact on the color of their eyes. Depending on their pigment count, their eye color can range from pale blues to greys to - as seen above - mesmerizing purples.
"My daughter was born... with two thumbs. I think it's rad," another Reddit user proudly shared online. So do we. But for those who forgot, the extraordinary trait is the result of a rare medical condition - polydactylism, meaning poly (many) and dactylos (finger) in Greek.
The typically hereditary condition, resulting in extra fingers and toes, can be classified into 3 different types. As portrayed above, this father's little girl suffers from radial or preaxial polydactylism, which is when an extra finger grows on the outside sect of one's thumb.
While most of us have only seen webbed hands on Spiderman, the remarkable trait actually exists far beyond the big screen. In fact, according to Medscape, syndactyly - the official term for the congenital condition - is actually much more common than we may have thought.
The malformation occurs when a baby's fingers are not properly separated during the 6th to 8th weeks of intrauterine life. Unfortunately, about 1 in 2-3,000 births result in this condition, as Medscape revealed. In fact, some of our favorite stars suffer from the unique trait, including Ashton Kutcher.
Not quite sure what you're looking at here? This Reddit user's skin is "stretchy enough to allow [him] to suck on it with no hands," as he proudly put it. But that's actually not where the fun ends here. According to him, he can do a whole lot more than that...
As this user added, he can also stretch his neck skin to touch the tip of his nose. (Just when we thought it was impressive that we could touch the tips of our tongues to ours...) While we don't know what caused his fascinating feat, skin that can stretch beyond average capabilities is formally known as hyperelastic skin.
Persistent Pupillary Membrane
While that looks like something you'd dissect under a microscope in biology class, you're actually looking at a person's eye. Why does it look the way that it does? To put it simply, it appears that remnants of this guy's iris actually grew over his pupil. And believe it or not, it's actually more common than it sounds.
Known as Persistent Pupillary Membrane, or PPM, the remarkable condition is found in about 95% of newborns and about 20% of adults. While most sufferers' vision isn't affected, the striking condition can be treated with surgical excision if necessary.
Here's something we don't see every day. This Reddit user has no one - but two - uvulas. Formally known as bifid uvula, the remarkable condition is caused by a split or cleft uvula. While most cases don't come with complications, some newborn sufferers struggle immensely.
As Nationwide Children's explained, infants with a cleft uvula might have difficulty feeding or properly digesting formula. Unfortunately, in some cases, it can also cause problems in one's ears. Luckily, this guy (above) seems to be symptom-free - and we can't stop staring!
The Queen of Dark
Whether you've already heard or her or not, you're about to: Meet Nyakim Gatwech, otherwise known as the woman with one of the darkest skin tones in the world. Over the years, the bronzed goddess has earned the title, The Queen of Dark. Unfortunately, things weren't always easy for the stunning model.
"I told my sister, 'kids are making fun of me because of my complexion,'" Gatwech recalled of the teasing she faced as a child. Fast forward to today, and a lot has changed. "I grew to love myself," the model proudly revealed. We're certainly happy to hear it!
Jacob Pina is your average 20-something-year-old. Well, aside from his thumb, that is. The online blogger went viral after sharing his unique finger on TikTok with the rest of us. Take a look at it below to understand why it's caught the attention of users everywhere.
What caused his thumb's bizarre length? "I dislocate my thumb by forcing it out of its socket to make it appear longer," Pina explained. "My doctor says it's abnormal but can't officially link it to any known medical conditions." Nonetheless, he gets a big thumbs up in our book for embracing his rare feature.
Different Colored Lashes
It might be hard to notice anything other than those adorable cheeks. But take a closer look at that picture below, and you'll notice what makes this baby so unique: "Our daughter has different colored eyelashes," as this Reddit user proudly revealed.
As for what caused the remarkable feature? As the parents assured, they've been regularly checking in with a pediatrician and have yet to put a name to the rare condition. Thankfully, though, the baby's vision hasn't been affected - and we'd be lying if we said we weren't a little bit jealous.
How tall does this Swedish bodybuilder look? Believe it or not, she doesn't share the same height as Karlie Kloss or a Hadid sister. Instead, the leggy model is much shorter than that picture implies. But with long legs like those, we certainly wouldn't know any better.
Meet La Östergren. The European beauty stands at about 5'8" - with legs that account for over half of her height. Clocking in at 3'5", the model's unique feature continues to defy all odds. But she wouldn't want it any other way. "You have one life... Believe in yourself and put your best foot forward," Östergren assured.
Melanie Gaydos's journey to online stardom has been anything but ordinary. But despite the 31-year-old's battle with ectodermal dysplasia, a rare genetic disorder, she sees things differently. "This is the way I was born," the model put it. And she's embraced it in every way.
The rare condition has affected the development of her skin, hair, nail, and teeth, among other symptoms. But that hasn't slowed her down one bit, as the unique model continues to take the fashion world by storm. "You are the change that you want to see in the world — it's just a matter of actually doing it," she assured.
As Evita Delmundo put it, "There are so many types of beauty in the world." One glance at the extraordinary picture below, and it's clear what hers calls for: a remarkable amount of birthmarks, something she's come to embrace throughout recent years.
But while the Malaysian influencer serves as an inspiration to followers everywhere, she didn't always have it easy. "In primary school, no one wanted to be friends with me," Delmundo recalled. Fast forward to today, though, and the model has grown to love her unique feature. "I really learned how to love myself and communicate."
A Mother and Her Son
At first glance, one might not realize we're looking at a child and his mother. But despite their striking differences, that's exactly how these two are related. Baby Luca's mother hails from Jamaican, Italian, and Irish heritage. So, where do the boy's unique features come from?
While Luca inherited his blue eyes from his father, the red hair still remains a partial mystery. "I have two cousins with red hair, but that's the only immediate family... I have with red hair," his baffled mother explained. Whatever the case may be, we can't stop admiring these two.
Sarah Taylor was born with a very special trait: a port-wine stain birthmark perched directly under her eye. "As I grew up, people asked more and more questions," the college graduate recalled of the constant confusion. Sure enough, the fearless beauty has since turned to social media to solve exactly that.
Whether she's posting a bare-faced selfie or sharing the latest words of wisdom, Sarah's turned what she once viewed as a flaw into a source of inspiration. "The best thing is when people tell me that I've inspired them to not cover up their birthmark," Taylor recalled of her newfound mark in the world.
The Human Avatar
Tsunaina may not look like a "typical" model. But that's exactly what sets her apart from the rest, calling for the followers and adoration she's since been met with. One glance at that picture below, and it's no surprise the unique model has morphed into the online sensation she is today.
From her full pout to her porcelain skin, Tsunaina has already caught the eyes of the biggest names in fashion. Aside from the model's time on the catwalk, though, she's since taken up a different passion: storytelling. Safe to say, her remarkable beauty tells a story of its own. "It's in my nature, it's in my blood," she explained.
Moffy Gathorne Hardy knows a thing or two about turning heads. But we're not just talking about the model's time on the runway. The British native has a condition called strabismus, or what most people call being "cross-eyed." But as she proudly put it, it's exactly what makes Moffy, Moffy.
In fact, despite being urged by doctors to have it "corrected," she wouldn't have it any other way. "I wouldn't feel like myself without it," Hardy explained of her unique feature. "If I can act as even the smallest source of hope to another person, then obviously I'm very touched by that." We couldn't agree more.
With piercing blue eyes and striking white streaks stemming from her hairline, Tia Jonsson truly has a one-of-a-kind beauty. In fact, she knows that. One look at the blogger's page, and she's been proudly documenting her journey with vitiligo for years now.
But we're not the only ones left amazed by her rare beauty. The California native has gone on to earn the admiration of popular singer Rihanna, modeling for the Savage x Fenty campaign. From experimenting with bold, blue eye shadows to bare-faced selfies, Jonsson will continue to be her authentically true self.
While many babies are born with birthmarks, our next child's definitely stands out from the rest. "My daughter was born with a perfect number 2 on her head," this Reddit user shared. While at first glance, it might be easy to miss, once you see it, it's pretty impossible to ignore.
As for what caused the fascinating feature? The baby's parents are just as amazed as we are. But while it's most likely the result of vein formation, it certainly doesn't make the child's mark any less mesmerizing. Just like our next unique feature. Keep scrolling.
While Sophia Hadjipanteli may not have been born with her unique trait, she may as well have been. The blonde beauty has been doing things differently for as long as she can remember; including, of course, her eyebrows, which have since put her face on the map.
"I choose to wear my eyebrows this way for the same reasons I styled myself in school," the unique model explained. "Because the only preference that matters is my own." Not only has she named her famous unibrow Veronika, but in doing so, she's morphed into a role model for endless followers around the globe.
There are many things that stand out about our next face. But forget the baby's full head of hair, we're here to talk about its remarkable color. While it's not every day that we see an infant sporting grey hues, there's actually a good reason for it.
As Dr. Eray Balcan (pictured above) put it, the Turkish baby, Göktürk, was born with albinism. As a result, the child's hair color was visibly affected. And while there's no official word on what else may have been impacted as a result, we wish nothing but the best for the adorable little boy.
While the picture might suggest otherwise, we're looking at the hands of a healthy, 19-year-old teenager. Much to our amazement, he suffers from abnormally pruney skin. Unfortunately, we're not the only ones left baffled by the extraordinary feature.
"Every time I go swimming with anyone, my hands are always 10x more wrinkly than anyone else's," the teenager explained of his own confusion. While pruney skin is typically caused by shrunken blood vessels, as WebMD explained, this boy's remarkable condition still remains a mystery to us.
From her platinum blonde buzz cut to her bold style, Slick Woods certainly knows a thing or two about being unique. But she wouldn't want it any other way. Ever since she first stepped out onto the scene, the edgy supermodel's been doing things her way - unapologetically.
Slick, along with her gap-toothed smile, has gone on to take the fashion world by storm. But she hopes her time on the Fenty runway can provide a valuable lesson for those following: "I want people to be cool and comfortable with themselves… that's genuinely the reason I continued when I first started," she explained.
"Yes, it's painful, yes it's awkward," Silvia Marcheselli confessed. The blogger suffers from Raynaud's syndrome, a rare disorder typically associated with autoimmune conditions. But despite the loss of circulation and remarkable appearance it calls for, she's grown to rise above it.
"You know what? You are stronger than what you think," Marcheselli proudly explained to her followers of her uphill battle. "We can get through life even with this 'little' handicap." We simply can't help but admire her unwavering strength and wish her nothing but the best.
Look familiar? This remarkable model has already found his way onto Yeezy runways, high-end magazines, and A-list campaigns. And with good reason. The Haitian-born model has used his unique feature to celebrate diversity, all while spreading awareness about his vitiligo.
How does Souffrant see it? Despite the setbacks he may have faced along the way, Ralph loves his perfectly imperfect spots. "The thing I love about freckles is that no two patterns are the same - they're specific to you and you alone," as he proudly put it.
Meet Nathalie Richert. Ever since she was born, she's been defying every hurdle thrown her way. And there's been lots. "As you can imagine, my life hasn't been easy, firstly because of the pain and secondly because I look so different," she confessed.
Nathalie (pictured above, right) was born with a rare skin disorder, Ichthyosis Confetti. As a result, she's been plagued by scaly, itchy skin - something she hopes she can use as a source of inspiration for others. "I want to give hope to people like me... it's okay to stand out, it's okay to be different," she explained.
Whether we've suffered from it ourselves or watched our loved ones do so, acne has been a topic of conversation seemingly forever. Just ask Kadeeja Sel Khan, who's turned her skin struggles into a source of hope for users everywhere around the globe.
Despite being dropped from a L'Oreal campaign for her "skin issues," as Khan put it, the influencer is here to keep it real - one bare-faced selfie at a time. As her bio proudly states, Kadeeja hopes to bring reality to social media, all while "normalizing real skin and embracing its imperfections."
While they might not seem as rare as a heart-shaped birthmark or face full of freckles, gray eyes are actually far more unique than one may have realized. In fact, according to Healthline, they might just be more noteworthy than a pair of green eyes.
According to Healthline, less than about 1% of people around the world have gray eyes. Contrarily, green eyes make up an estimated 2% of the population while brown eyes, up to about 80%. Nonetheless, each and every color is beautiful in its own way and should be celebrated.
Meet Amber. "I'm a model, I'm an actress, and I have Alopecia," as she put it. Ever since she was diagnosed at 15 years old, her journey has taken her on one whirlwind of a ride. But despite the obstacles she's faced along the way, the model hopes she can teach a thing or two throughout the process.
"I want to spark a conversation," Rowan explained about her autoimmune disorder, which resulted in hair loss. "I want to provide information and honest advice." But above all else? "I want to build an empowering community… to help challenge our socially constructed beauty ideals."
One glance and that picture below, and it may seem like we're looking at colored contacts - but that's actually not the case. Over the years, Cydnee Black's piercing blue eyes have been met with endless stares and speculation. But what's really behind her remarkably unique feature?
The YouTube blogger - who is completely deaf in one ear - explained that she suffers from Waardenburg Syndrome. The genetic condition typically calls for both hearing loss and pigment changes, specifically in one's eyes. Black also explained that her mother has heterochromia, which might also play a part in her mesmerizing trait.
Our next famous face boasts millions of followers on TikTok. But it's not just her lip-syncing capabilities that continue to lure people in. Nadine Breaty suffers from Piebaldism, a rare condition characterized by the absence of melanocytes - the cells responsible for creating melanin, or pigment.
Despite her stunning strands of gray, a result of the mysterious condition, the blogger has used her platform to spread awareness. "They all want a strand of hair until they find out..." she began one video, highlighting the struggles she faces on a daily basis, including stares and health risks.
Much like our other bloggers, Harnaam Kaur was born different. And it's since morphed her into an online sensation. The unique beauty suffers from Polycystic ovary syndrome, otherwise known as (PCOS). As for what that looks like? Take a look at the remarkable photo below.
The hormonal disorder is a condition in which women produce an abnormal amount of male-based hormones. As a result, sufferers typically experience excess hair growth - as seen above. But Kaur has grown to embrace her unique individuality. "Bearded ladies were once laughed at – I want to break the mold," she proudly explained.
"My skin was my biggest insecurity," Sara Geurts confessed. The Korean model was just 10 years old when she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare condition that affects connective tissue. As a result, her skin has become increasingly wrinkled and elastic.
Fast forward to today, and the 30-year-old beauty has learned to love herself - including all the "flaws" that come with it. "Now I think it's the most beautiful thing ever," Geurts gushed. "Each imperfection you have is individual to you, and it tells a story." We couldn't agree more.
From the moment she was born, Ilka Brühl's life has taken her on one whirlwind of a ride. The German model was born with a facial cleft, resulting in her nasal airways not forming properly. On top of that, tears constantly run from her right eye, a result of complications with her tear duct.
But despite the seemingly endless operations and struggles she's faced as a result, Ilka hopes to use her genetic condition for the greater good; "to remind the world that everyone is beautiful," as the model proudly put it. "There is only one way to be ugly: by having an ugly character. No one has to hide because of their appearance!"
Ever since he was little, Yvesmark Chery knew he different. "I was made aware of my differences," the formerly bullied child confessed. As a result, the Philadelphia native began to question his worth, something he still recalls to this day. But that doesn't mean he still feels the same.
"My mindset has completely changed," the model revealed. "I love my vitiligo, and I fully accept that it is a part of me." Despite battling the autoimmune condition, resulting in pigment loss, he's used his voice to spread awareness. "I look at this modeling industry as a platform to tell my story."
Congenital Melanocytic Nevus
This German beauty was born with congenital melanocytic nevus (CMN), resulting in about 60% of her skin being etched with birthmarks. While the spots are benign, she poses a higher risk for developing melanoma down the line.
But today, the modeling mother has turned her former battle into a beautiful learning lesson: "I think beauty means diversity," Marika proudly explained. And with her remarkable trait, she might just be living proof. "Beauty doesn't come in one size, one color, one shape."
Believe it or not, our next beautiful condition is more rare than we may have ever realized. Like any other rare genetic makeup- your ginger haired friends are somewhat in the minority. Resulting in an orange pigment to all hair follicles.
According to Healthline, the fiery shade is only found in about 1-2% of the population. And we've actually got genetic variations to thank for that. As research revealed, red locks typically result from a mutation in a specific gene called MC1R. As if our redhead friends weren't remarkable enough already!
"What makes you unique and unmistakable?" as Jenny put it. For the Swiss model, it's her different colored eyes - a result of heterochromia. The social media influencer was born with the unique condition, something that's always made her stand out from the crowd.
Nonetheless, the unique beauty has learned to embrace her individuality. "Now, I love my eyes and this unusual thing about me," she proudly explained. "I find special features and things that stand out so beautiful." So do we. Much like our next remarkable condition, featured below...
6'8" in Height
Known as "Amazon Eve," there's a good chance our next unique beauty looks familiar. Erika Ervin has appeared on American Horror Story on several occasions. Why? Her extraordinary height. One look at that picture below should help put things into perspective. But if by some chance it doesn't?
The model stands at 6'8" - making her the world's tallest professional model, as the Guinness Book of World Records stated. "I used to see myself in many ways as a bit of a monster... Frankenstein," she confessed. But today? Erika's turned that self-doubt into self-confidence, as she continues to stand tall against the doubters.
"What's on your face," Amber recalled of the words constantly hurled her way. The brunette beauty was born with a remarkable birthmark, etched directly over her mouth. Unfortunately, while it hasn't impeded her health, it's certainly hurt her elsewhere.
But after endless years of constant stares and intrusive questions, the model's ready to use her unique beauty to help others. Amber plans on "bringing awareness and confidence to people who may not fit conventional standards of beauty," as she proudly put it.
Meet Liudmila. The Ukrainian beauty was born with Marfan Syndrome, a rare condition resulting in elongated limbs and thinness, among other symptoms. Ever since 11, her remarkable growth spurt has been turning heads everywhere; by 14, she was already 6'5" tall.
But despite her extraordinary appearance, including a 7-inch-long neck, Liudmila's blossomed from a shy, embarrassed young girl to embracing her unique self. "There was a turning point when I thought, 'No. This is, on the contrary, very cool', and I started to feel things differently," she explained.
Like many, Beatriz Pugliese was born with a birthmark. However, hers in particular is certainly something to behold. Her nevus birthmark covered almost all of her skin - about 80%, to be exact. Typically known as Congenital melanocytic nevus, the condition is so rare only 1 in 500,000 are affected.
But despite enduring endless operations and bullying as a result, she hopes her unique condition can teach us a thing or two: "Never stop yourself from being who you want to be because of the judgments of others," she assured. "I am sure that I would not be the person I am today if I had normal skin."