更新：Since originally speaking to us after we first discovered her tutorials on Instagram,burn survivor Shalom Nchom's (known as Shalom Blac on YouTube) star has risen tenfold.So much so,she just opened up in an inspiring new video for Great Big Story.Watch along as she shares more about her backstory and the heartfelt way she's empowering viewers to embrace their natural 优德官方网站beauty—not hide it.
This story was originally published on February 27,2016.
我们都见过很多这样的人。”power of makeup" memes,but none have been quite as dramatic and inspiring as the one posted byYouTube化妆师Shalom Nchomyesterday.(We noticed it when it was re-'Grammed by brow/makeup proHuda Kattan.)
When Nchom—who goes by Shalom Blac on YouTube—was nine years old living in Nigeria,an accident involving frying oil at her family's food store left her with serious burns all over her face,head,and shoulders (she shares the horror of that day in detail onher YouTube channel).她的大部分头发都不见了，and the tops of her ears fused to her head.But the trauma didn't end there.After four months in the hospital,她出院了，开始从一个相貌不同的人的眼中看到生活。"People began to stare at me,or look at me in a nasty way," she recalls."One of my neighbors,we used to play together,came in my house and when he saw me ran away crying." She reacted by lashing out at people.An aunt who lived in the United States helped Shalom's family get visas so she and her baby sister (who was also badly burned) could come here to get reconstructive surgery.甚至之后，she's had to live with very noticeable scarring."I was bullied very badly in middle school;I always had a scarf and a wig on,so people wouldn't know I was bald," she says.
For a while,Nchom,now 20 and living in Maryland,had suicidal thoughts.But as she met other burn victims who were worse off,it changed her perspective."You have to be grateful for what you have,because you never know what someone else may be going through," she says.然后她在13岁左右发现了化妆品。"I started young,just so I wouldn't get made fun of at school," she shared with us via email.Through watching tutorials by gurus likeBeatfacehoney,坎迪约翰逊,andIrishcel507,she began to perfect a technique and love the artistry.About three years ago,felt confident enough to begin posting videos of her own,and now she's inspiring others,包括那些有烧伤或痤疮疤痕的人，to make the most of whattheyhave.In one video,她说得很详细how she covers her own scarsso expertly."Of course you cannot make it disappear," she says—but the difference her makeup makes is incredible.
虽然她说她不认为自己是专业化妆师，she loves the community she's discovered through her craft."I find makeup to be a universal thing that connects us together,letting us express our own style in our own ways," she tells us."There are no rules to makeup.And as a burn survivor,it gives me a chance to share my passion with others that may be going through similar things—or better yet,inspire someone to love who they see in the mirror."