A TOP MODEL WITH A RARE MEDICAL DISORDER
If you meet Melaynie Gaydos on the street or at a function, you would end up looking at her more than twice; and not because she has a breath takingly gorgeous look but for the fact that her look literally draws stares due to her genetic disorder. But ironically, this woman has defied the odds to become a top fashion model.
Melaynie Gaydos, was born with Ectodermal Dysplasia, a rare genetic disorder which causes abnormalities of the dermal layer of skin, including hair, teeth, nails, cartilage, pores and facial bone structure. This condition means Melanie is bald, has bilateral cleft palate with no adult teeth, with little body hair and alopecia which resulted in partial blindness; and an unusual bone structure.
Despite having the odds firmly stacked against her, the 26 year old has forged a career as a top fashion model. The model’s first passion was Fine Art which studied at New York’s Pratt Institute and which first help ushered her into Modelling after she began focusing on self-potraits, allowing her to discover and embrace her own unique beauty.
Melanie’s modelling career began shortly after she moved to New York city. She began responding to Craigslist ads looking for “unique models” and models who didn’t have a stereotypical look and built a small portfolio.