Everyone has at least one insecurity about their appearance – whether it’s the size of their nose or a funny looking freckle on their chin. It’s only human not to be absolutely confident about every part of your body.
Our self-worth is impacted by those around us, and this can exacerbate our insecurities. When you have spent your whole life being verbally abused because of the way you look, it can completely destroy your confidence. Twenty-one-year-old Dru Presta had been bullied about her physical appearance for as long as she can remember. She is 3’4″ and her peers never let her forget it. Unfortunately, her size ended up alienating her from a lot of other children her age when she was growing up, and it was a very painful situation for her to deal with. However, those who bullied the striking young woman will be kicking themselves when they realize that she blossomed into a very beautiful and promising up-and-coming model who is making waves in the fashion world. Dru Presta was born with a condition called achondroplasia, which is a form of dwarfism. It is a growth disorder that affects one in every 20,000 babies, and it can be incredibly debilitating for the person who has the condition.
On average, men with achondroplasia will grow to about 4’4″ and women will grow to approximately 4’1″. Dru is about nine inches shorter the average height for women born with the same hereditary condition that she has. The US National Library of Medicine has described in detail how the condition affects a person’s physical appearance: “Characteristic features of achondroplasia include an average-size trunk, short arms and legs with particularly short upper arms and thighs, limited range of motion at the elbows, and an enlarged head with a prominent forehead,” they revealed. “Fingers are typically short and the ring finger and middle finger may diverge, giving the hand a three-pronged appearance.” Last month, which just happened to be dwarfism awareness month, Dru shared the above photograph on Instagram and explained why it is so important to educate people about the disorder: “Yes, my height is at my doorknob,” she wrote. “Yes, I stand at three feet, and no that doesn’t mean I’m not capable of anything. This month is dwarfism awareness month, and I take this opportunity to help educate and inform.” Dru is perfectly aware that she and others with achondroplasia are often seen as subjects of ridicule, and she has decided that she will no longer stand for this kind of abuse. “We used to be the butt of the jokes for centuries,” she wrote. “We always were portrayed as more comedic in movies and plays. It took us years and decades to be recognized for serious roles.” “Not many take us seriously, and many came up with harsh slang for us, and it took hard work for us to break out of this [stereotype].” Dru has had to live her entire life fighting to be recognized as an equal in a world where she has been made to feel inadequate. “Now imagine being a woman,” she continued. “Being discriminated every day for just your height, [and] now you have to find a voice with 6ft people all around you and to take you seriously (sic).” In every aspect of life, Dru and those like her have struggled to be seen and avoid being overlooked. “We work every day to have our voice heard,” Dru concluded. “To be respected in businesses. To discover and find the love for ourselves after crucial (sic) days of being made fun of. ” “Keep going. Keep fighting,” she encouraged others. “Make sure your voice is heard. I may be 3’9ft (sic), but baby my attitude 6’3ft.” Dru is a true inspiration to people of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds, and she knows it. She hopes that her work in the modeling world will spark a rise in interest in fashion for other people born with dwarfism. We wish Dru all the best in her life and modeling career. You can follow her on Instagram here.