Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Burns Survivor Creates Half Make-Up Selfie To Share Empowering Message
Shalom Nchom, aka Shalom Blac on YouTube, is a 20-year-old beauty blogger from Nigeria, who has a hugely powerful reason for wanting to prove she loves herself both with and without makeup.
Shalom was involved in an accident as a child which left her with severe burns and scarring [Photo: Instagram/makeupbyshalom]
Aged just nine, Shalom was in an accident involving frying oil at her family’s store and suffered extreme burns to her head, face, and neck, leaving her with severe scarring and leading to the loss of her hair.
The drastic change to Shalom’s physical appearance caused her to become the victim of cruel taunts at school, which pushed her to the brink of unhappiness.
“Life after the accident wasn’t what I thought it would be,” she told BuzzFeed. “I was stared at by kids and older people whenever I stepped out. I felt like a living statue that people came to see. It pushed me to be rude towards anyone who stared at me. I cursed people out and cried on many occasions.”
Fast forward seven years and now Shalom shares her incredible makeup tutorials on YouTube, including the empowering video where she made up half her face to show the power of makeup.
Shalom hopes that people watching her videos “can not only learn how to do makeup, but to learn to live and love themselves for who they truly are.”