Congenital melanocytic nevus itself, meanwhile, begins to establish itself in the first three months of pregnancy. Specifically, it creates distinctly colored patches of skin and is prompted by cell mutation that occurs when an embryo is developing in the womb. However, as Mark Beckwith, CEO of non-profit organization Nevus Outreach, would tell the Daily Mail in March 2017, the disease is nevertheless “very rare.”
Unfortunately, when she was growing up, the skin condition left Parejo with low self-esteem. And not only was she battling with her birthmarks, but the surgeries had also left her scarred. As a result, she would later admit that her looks were hard to deal with as a teen.
“It had a terrible effect on me, I was 13 years old and just wanted to be normal. I spent whole days crying wishing I was someone else,” she told the Daily Mail in March 2017. “I was very embarrassed and ashamed to let people see my nevus and scars because I was insecure about my body.”