Growing up, Claudia Wanjiru’s dream was to be a model. Sadly, at the age of 13, she got caught in a house fire that burnt her face and neck.
“There was a time when I was younger, I was going to the market somebody said very loudly that I had bleached my face and that it backfired”, Claudia told BBC Africa the hurtful words said to her.
Claudia soon became depressed and started to cut herself. And the more she reached out for help, the worse the bullying.
“It didn’t kill me, but it took a part of my happiness. I hated myself so so much that I got to a point where is started cutting myself. The worst part is when people realised that I was cutting myself, it became worse. It became ten times worse and I was trying to reach out for help, but I got bullied” she said.
The bullying became so much that Cluadia decided to take her own life. Thankfully, her house help saw her and she was taken to the hospital. Grateful for a second chance at life, Claudia saw the value in life and that led her to a self-love journey.
Amazingly, she has been able to do her modelling, however, in her own terms.
‘When a photographer reached out to me, I told him I don’t do a shoot with full make-up”, Claudia said, noting that she would not change anything if she had to choose her scars.
“Life is like a poker, it’s like a game of cards. You don’t decide what life gives you, you don’t decide what cards you are dealt but at the end of the day, it’s up to you what you’re going to do with them”.
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"It didn't kill me but it took a part of my happiness."Claudia Wanjiru always wanted to be a model, but the scars on her face lead to bullying and depression. But now, she sees value in her life and is a successful model.
Posted by BBC News Africa on Friday, December 7, 2018
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