Toddler born with white streak in brown hair loves to dress up as Cruella de Vil
A mum of a toddler with a striking white streak in her brown hair says the adorable tot loves to dress up as Cruella de Vil.
Mayah Youssef Aziz Vieira, two, was born with genetic condition, piebaldism – which causes area of skin and hair appear lighter than usual due to a lack of melanin-producing melanocytes
Mum Talyta was also born with piebaldism, as well as her randfather, mother, auntie, and several cousins.
From the moment she was born, Mayah was encouraged to love her vibrant white patches of hair.
It’s a lesson that Talyta learnt the hard way when during her teens, Talyta would hide her white streaks behind the rest of her hair, constantly worried that she would be judged by her peers.
However, Talyta soon realised that others saw beauty in her differences.
Although still very young, Mayah is already recognising that she too has a unique look and has taken quite a liking to Disney’s 101 Dalmatians – dressing up alongside her mum as Cruella De Vil who also sports a similar two-toned hair style.
Through embracing her confidence-exuberating lookalike, Talyta hopes to encourage Mayah to never shy away from what makes her beautiful.
Talyta said: “Piebaldism runs in our family so we knew there was a high probability that Mayah would also have it.
“From the moment she was born, Mayah had so many white hairs on the front of her head. My doula posted a picture on social media and days later, we were invited by a photographer to do a photoshoot.
“The pictures from the photoshoot spread across the internet and without reading anything, my friends instantly knew Mayah was mine simply from her hair.
“I tried to hide my white hair until my twenties. I’d hide it behind other strands ` worried that people would bully me.
“I soon realised though that I was unique and special. I want to set that example for Mayah. People always stop us to say how special she is.”
With the iconic character Cruella set to feature in her own Disney film slated for release in May 2021, Mayah will soon be able to see her lookalike on the big screen again.
“Ever since I started posting photos of Mayah on social media, people have compared her to Cruella, Rogue from X-Men and Anna from Frozen,” Talyta said.
“That’s when I thought it would be a lovely idea for us to dress up together as those characters. I want Mayah to have fun memories about the way she looks.
“I want her to embrace being a superhero.
“Other people who are different have reached out to us thanking us for helping them accept themselves.
“It’s so sad that people have hid themselves away. We don’t need to be the same to be beautiful.
“Everyone has a heart inside to accept and love. We are living in a time of knowledge and transformation. Let’s embrace what makes us different.”