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This Amazing Woman Has Become An Inspiration To Burn Survivors

"I'm happy because I've learned to love myself."

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Earlier this year, we shared this story about the amazing makeup artist Shalom Nchom. We decided to follow up with Shalom and hear a bit more of her inspirational story:

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When Shalom was 9, hot oil dripped on her while she was sleeping and burned several layers of her skin off.

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Throughout her schooling, Shalom was bullied for her appearance and called names such as "Scarface" by her classmates.

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Shalom started learning to do her own makeup, and she became very good at it. On the outside she looked ~flawless~ but internally she found herself struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts.

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Then, she found Talia Castellano, a beauty vlogger, who was undergoing treatment for cancer and filmed her videos without wearing a wig.

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Shalom was very moved by Talia's bravery, and watching her videos inspired Shalom to post a pic of herself without a wig for the first time.

The response was overwhelmingly positive, and Shalom started realizing that people were celebrating her for being open about her looks and her experience.

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She got excited and decided to film tutorials on her own YouTube channel, Shalom Blac. Her hope was to encourage others to embrace the skin they’re in.

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Doing makeup tutorials has really helped to restore Shalom's self-confidence.

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Her mission is to send a message of self-love to her subscribers. She wants people to know that makeup is something she loves doing for fun, but that she loves her face without makeup equally.

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She has learned to love who she is.

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Which gives us all something to smile about.

You go girl!
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You go girl!

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