10 Stars Who Prove That Physical Imperfection Can Only Make You Stronger

It is a pity that many of us are too accustomed to looking for someone to blame for our failures instead of going forward, no matter what. We at Bright Side admire people who've managed to achieve success and prove to the world that even physical imperfections are no reason to give up.

Winnie Harlow

Since her childhood, Winnie, who suffers from vitiligo (a skin pigmentation disorder), has dreamed of shining on the catwalks. However, other children called her a cow, a zebra, and regularly made her life a misery at school.

Winnie did not give up and, after participating in the America's Next Top Model TV show, became one of the most sought-after models in the world. She also made an address at the TED Conference, where she spoke about the fact that vitiligo is a skin condition, not a life-ruining curse.

Stephen Hawking

When Hawking was 21, doctors diagnosed him with paralysis and said that the young Oxford University graduate had only two and a half years to live. Stephen not only continued studying but also managed to become the most renowned theoretical physicist and popularizer of science of our age. In 1985, the scientist lost the ability to speak, but this did not become a barrier for Hawking.

Peter Dinklage

The star of Game of Thrones, Chronicles of Narnia, and X-Men is living proof that charisma, talent, and diligent work are much more important than imposing height. Peter Dinklage was born with a hereditary disease - achondroplasia - which results in dwarfism.

The actor is 4 ft 5 in tall. Peter does not take offense at being called a dwarf and even jokes about his illness: "I think my mom drove by a nuclear power plant when she was pregnant."

Viktoria Modesta

This brave girl is often called the first "bionic pop artist." Owing to a birth injury, Viktoria had her leg amputated below the knee. It was later replaced with a high-tech artificial limb. Modesta is firm in considering her disability a creative advantage. She regularly poses for glossy magazines and continues to break the stereotypes of beauty.

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone had his facial nerves damaged at birth as a result of medical error. This has resulted in the partial paralysis of the lower left part of his face and permanently slurred speech. Even though his problems seemed incompatible with an acting career, Sylvester went on to star in more than 50 films, including Rocky, The Expendables, and Rambo. Stallone managed to achieve international movie fame by relying on his image of a brutal hero with muscles of steel, not his eloquence.

Jamie Brewer

An actress and model with Down syndrome, Jamie has gained fame as one of the main stars of the American Horror Story TV series. What's more, she was the first woman with such a genetic disorder to take to the catwalk during the 2015 New York Fashion Week.

"I want young women to look at what I am doing and tell themselves that all of this is achievable to them as well. I inspire others not to hide who they really are," says Brewer.

Forest Whitaker

Congenital ptosis (drooping upper eyelid) of the left eye did not prevent Whitaker from achieving great success in his acting career. He received an Oscar for Best Actor and also became the winner of Golden Globe, Emmy, and BAFTA awards. Critics often point out that ptosis actually gives Forest an additional air of mystery.

RJ Mitte

Since early childhood, Mitte has suffered from cerebral palsy. In the Breaking Bad TV series, he played the role of Walter White Jr, who also has this disease. RJ is committed to helping people with physical problems. He even became a representative of the "Inclusion in the Arts and Media of People With Disabilities" campaign.

Marlee Matlin

Marlee became the only deaf person to receive an Oscar for Best Actress. By the way, the star earned this award for her debut performance: a role in the film called Children of a Lesser God. She also acted in the TV series Desperate Housewives, Body Parts, My Name is Earl, Switched at Birth, and many others.

Nick Vujicic

The man who was born with a rare genetic disorder - tetraamelia (lack of limbs) - continues to inspire millions. Nick not only managed to build a happy family but also wrote several books that remind us that nothing is impossible, and the only barriers out there are the ones we put up ourselves. Nowadays, Vujicic is a motivational speaker, helping others find their way.

Preview photo credit winnie harlow, viktoria modesta
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