In today’s society and social media dependency, people are too obsessed with achieving perfection – even teeth, flawless skin, shiny hair, and toned body. On Instagram and Facebook, likes are the currencies that will validate one’s existence, who cares if it’s just a snippet of the actual story. But once in a blue moon, someone will break out and go against the flow. Meet this 18-year-old who became Insta-famous for being not afraid to flaunt it, even if she doesn’t have it.
What doesn’t she have? Smooth and flawless skin.
Charisa Debully Francis is a teenager who hails from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. As a role model, she has inspired other young Malaysians with her message of being comfortable in your own skin, even if it’s pimpled.
On the photo-sharing platform, she has always gone au naturel: a face with no makeup to cover her pimples and acne. It’s a far cry from other Instagram models whose faces are “beat”, or have a face full of makeup on.
Of course, you can’t please everyone – especially in highly judgmental places such as the Internet. They even asked her why she hasn’t seen a doctor about her scars and pimples. She told Star online:
“Many asked me why I did not see a doctor to remove the horrible scars, and I tell them that my parents had spent thousands of ringgit to no effect.”
In fact, she has taken medications to improve her complexion, but she threw up after ingesting six antibiotic tablets every day. Her doctor advised her to stop taking the pills because of the adverse effects. The meds were supposed to stop the pimples from spreading, she told The Star.
It has always been a sore spot for Charisa when people point out the obvious.
“It really hurts when people point out these things and make fun of my appearance, but I give it right back to them. Maybe it’s because they don’t understand that pimples can break out due to other factors you can’t control, like hormone imbalances and genetic factors.”
While her face might’ve gotten under everyone else’s skin, it doesn’t bother her most of the time. Charisa even saw the bright side in her spotty situation: inspiring others, aside from her 16,000 Instagram followers, who might be going through the same thing.
The music student at the Sabah Institute of Art has one advice for those facing the same problem:
“That’s why I always advise people going through the same thing to always strengthen your relationship with God to get through hard times like this.”
Let’s face it, how many of us will post an unfiltered photo on Instagram like Charisa? She may be scarred on the outside, but she’s definitely flawless inside. For that, she’s infinitely more beautiful than others will ever be. #Truth
Were you inspired by Charisa’s bold move on Instagram? Do you know someone who could look up to her? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
SOURCE: WORLD OF BUZZ | THE STAR ONLINE