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A mother has shown solidarity with her one-year-old son by painting her face with a replica of his distinctive birthmark.
Carolina Giraldelli, from Brazil, wanted to feel how it was to walk down the street as her son Enzo does, with a large dark birthmark that covers the majority of his forehead and stretches down to the side of his nose.
"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," said Carolina, 26, a businesswoman.
"But even though it is not easy, my husband and I act normally and we will always show him as he is. If someone feels revulsion, curiosity or fear, we try to make him understand that he, despite his mark, is a normal boy who is much loved, just like others.
"I have never treated him as different - I see him as a normal baby and I want to show him to everyone. I love his birthmark so much; so much so that I wanted, at least for a moment, to have that mark on me too."
"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 makeup 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. 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.
"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 makeup on until I went to bed that night, but how I felt has stayed with me every since."
Enzo was born via C-section and with his umbilical cord wrapped twice around his neck.
"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," added Carolina.
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