A college student born without toe nails on one foot claims she is still beautiful – after once feeling like an outcast.
Annabelle Anderson, 18, from Tennessee, US, used to makeup wild tales to hide the fact she was born without toe nails. But after sharing honest videos online, she's found a new sense of self-confidence.
Annabelle revealed that while in the womb, she suffered from amniotic band syndrome, which caused her to lose some bones and her toe nails. Despite not being overly insecure about her foot, she admitted: "When I was in middle school, I told a bunch of people different stories about why I had no toenails because I guess I just got bored of telling the same story."
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She continued: "I told one girl that I put peanut butter on my toes, and my dog licked them off.
"I did used to feel alone; when I was little, I could never find anyone that looked like me.
"I would tell other people that I like that I got attacked when I was little.
"I'm really lucky because, in a lot of cases, it's a lot worse.
"The doctors didn't really know what it was at first, and my parents were really concerned that I wasn't going to be able to walk or anything, but I can walk, run, and dance-I'm super grateful.
"In my freshman year of high school, I started getting tagged in this video, like a million times, so I looked at it, and it was a video of this girl showing how she also had no toenails.
"Her foot looked identical to mine, so I sent her a message on Instagram, and ever since then, we've been talking, and we had a bunch of conversations about it.
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"It was really crazy, because I thought I was literally the only one in the world with a foot that looked like that, but then I found my twin.
"That's basically what inspired me to start making the videos after seeing hers and how she wasn't insecure about it and how she felt so comfortable.
"After my first video went viral, I started getting a tonne of messages from people also saying they had no toenails.
"They basically would send the same message that I sent to her, being like, This is so weird, but we had the same foot.
"It's so cool to see that there are so many other people like me out there; it kept inspiring me to make videos." I did used to feel alone; when I was little, I could never find anyone that looked like me.
"A lot of people said that it made them feel more confident, so that definitely gave me motivation because I would never want anybody to feel insecure or ashamed about having no toenails.
"It seems like such a silly thing.
"It's just a part of who I am; it's what makes me unique; there's no reason to be ashamed of it or feel bad about it."
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