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Model Melanie Gaydos loves the skin she is in despite disorder

Model Melanie Gaydos sits down and gets personal about her disorder Ectodermal Dysplasia, her harsh critics and how she wants to be a high fashion model in an interview with The Daily Beast on February 3.

Model Melanie Gaydos Models with ectodermal dysplasia
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The Connecticut native was born with Ectodermal Dysplasia, which "affects your hair, teeth, nails, pores, skin tissue, and sometimes even bone formation." Mel may appear different from other models, but she is the same as she struggles to find herself in the critical fashion world. She explains how she wants to be different and not do what others think she should.

“I didn’t want to live my life the way other people thought I should and I certainly didn’t want to be the sort of person that other people wanted me to be.” Mel, who's always "quite nervous" did not like having her picture taken at first until she realized how much she loves the camera. MG then moved on to book a few modeling gigs and did some odd jobs off of Craigslist, but she truly wants to step into high fashion.

Despite the harsh criticism she gets for her photographs, Mel understands where she stands in the fashion industry and would rather take risks than do nothing. She shares that “the word ugly is almost always with each photo and it’s not anything I haven’t heard before, but I never thought of myself as ugly, and I still don’t.”

Since she began modeling three years ago, she's flown to Europe for jobs and has moved to New York to take her modeling more seriously. Although she's still struggling to make it, Mel continues to send her portfolios to big names to get booked.

“But I’m a survivor.”