Mom gets birthmark painted on face to match young son
A mom paid tribute to her son by having a perfect replica of his birthmark painted on her face, so she could walk in his shoes for a day.
Enzo Cestari, 1, was born with a dark birthmark covering most of his forehead and stretching down one side of his nose.
His mom, 26-year-old Carolina Giraldelli, vowed to never hide his unique mark and to make sure he knew he was perfect just the way he was.
The businesswoman, of Cáceres, Brazil, asked a professional makeup artist to perfectly replicate her son’s birthmark on her own face to celebrate his uniqueness.
An adorable video shows him grinning when his mother revealed her matching mark.
Giraldelli spent the day wearing the makeup so she could better understand the prejudice her son faces.
“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,” she said. “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,” Giraldelli said. “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,” she said. “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 honor Enzo who is the greatest gift of God that I could ever receive,” she said. “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,” Giraldelli said. “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,” she said. “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 in May 2017 via c-section after a scan revealed his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck twice.
Giraldelli said she first realized something was different about her son due to the “frightened” looks on the medics’ faces.
She said initially she thought it was a “little bit of dirt” but said even when she realized 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,” Giradelli said.
When he was just five-days-old Enzo had to undergo surgery to ensure that the birthmark, called Congenital Melanocytic Nevi, was harmless.
“The result arrived and we could verify that the spots were only, in a colloquial sense, nothing more than like paint on his face,” she said.
Giraldelli had the makeup applied by friend Elaine Ricci last month and shared the photos online.
“The words of comfort, encouragement and the wonderful comments were so many that my emotions just took over,” she said. “I believe countless mothers had these same feelings when they saw the picture with my son.”