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At Just 6 Years Old, She Told Her Parents To Put An End To The Birthmark Removal Treatments She Was Going Through

Mariana Mendes was born with a nevus birthmark on her face and she is flaunting it. At first, her family was determined to find a way to get rid of the birthmark covering her face for fear that she would be bullied by kids in school.

But when she was 6 years old they gave up – and she is glad because she loves it. Now, Mendes is on a mission to share her story with the world and encourage others to love their own nevus birthmarks regardless of where they are on their bodies.

Mariana Mendes is using her own nevus birthmark to encourage people to embrace and love their own.


According to Nevus.Org, nevus is a broad term that can be used “describe virtually any mole or birthmark.” For Mendes, she has a congenital melanocytic nevus which simply means she has an area on her body with heavy pigmentation that has been present since birth, a.k.a. a birthmark.

Mendes, who is from Juiz de Fora, Brazil, told O Globo that her parents started to treat the birthmark with lasers in São Paulo when she was a young girl. When she was 6 years old they asked if she wanted to continue the treatment. She said no.

Mendes says that she doesn’t care what people think about her birthmark.

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“Some people do like it, others don’t, some love it and others hate it – I get a very mixed response,” Mendes told Metro. “I have been told by a few people that it’s ‘ugly’ or ‘strange,’ but it doesn’t bother me that’s just their opinion and I think it’s beautiful.”

In fact, Mendes thinks that her nevus actually sets her apart from the rest of the people out there.


“I feel more beautiful and totally different from other people because I have a nevus,” Mendes told Metro. “Having a nevus that is as large as mine is not common, so of course there are many people who stare and who don’t like it, but I don’t care. A lot of people ask me about my birthmark, sometimes they think it’s makeup or a tattoo but I don’t mind and explain it to them.”

Mendes is using her experience with her nevus to encourage girls to embrace their birthmarks despite what some might tell them.

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Part of how Mendes is getting the message of self-love and acceptance out is by a series of photo shoots she did. She hopes that by sharing these photos with the world, women everywhere will love themselves, blemishes and all.

Mendes did tell O Globo that she is happy she hasn’t had to change her appearance too much because her nevus isn’t hindering her health, but she does get it looked at.

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“I have not had any changes yet, and the nevus does not harm my health,” Mendes told O Globo. “If it’s stable, it’s because it has no sign of risk.”


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Different Scents of Latinahood

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Different Scents of Latinahood

As a Latina, the process of growing into a woman is so unique. Our madres, tías, abuelitas, and primas all gave us advice about the important stuff, whether that be beauty, boys, or schoolwork. As we live we experience different moments, and those moments are timeless, regardless of age. Sure, we may grow from a niña to a mujer, but the emotions we experience are universal. And the amazing thing about fragrances is that they can perfectly encapsulate how you’re feeling in the moment: whether that’s girly and flirtatious, sexy and bold, timid and mellow, or elegant and sophisticated.

Here at mitú, we asked our FIERCE staffers what perfumes best reflect the different, timeless scents of Latinahood. Here’s what they told us.

Cuando te Sientes Sexy Scents

This is for those times that you feel free, independent, and a little bit mischievous. Contrary to popular belief, youth is a state of mind rather than a life phase. These scents are for mujeres who like to keep things light and flirty. Here are the scents that our FIERCE staffers recommended for when you’re feeling fun and flirty.

Dior – Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet

This perfume is the epitome of flirty fun. The floral rose and peonies mixed with the white musk smell are effortlessly flirty. I always make sure to spritz this on myself when I’m trying to impress a date. – Alex C.

Valentino – Voce Viva

This scent transports me to the nights when my girls and I go out dancing and completely let our hair down. The mix of citrus and white florals starts with sweet, spicy, and bold, but calms down to a softer, warm, clean scent. Whenever I wear it, I feel confident, sexy, and feminine. – Cristal M.

Poderosa Scents

Once in a while, you want to wear a scent that helps you make an entrance. You feel strong and powerful while also feeling deeply connected to your femininity. You want a scent that makes you feel authoritative, focused, and confident. Here are the scents that our staffers recommended for when you’re feeling bold and powerful.

NEST New York – Seville Orange Oil

This exotic, citrusy smell turns everyone’s head when I walk in the room–I always get tons of compliments. It also makes me feel confident and empowered because of its spicy, bold smell. Whenever I spray some on in the morning, I know I will be making money moves the rest of the day. – Tati R.

Atelier Cologne – Clémentine California

This perfume smells like a woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it. I love how it almost has a unisex smell–it’s not too feminine or too masculine. It’s definitely the type of scent for someone who doesn’t love overly sweet or fruity smells–like me! – Monica A.

Versace – Dylan Turquoise

This scent is warm, musky, and modern. It’s definitely not your abuelita’s flowery perfume! I love how crisp and unique this scent is–wearing it makes you stand out from the pack. Whenever I wear it to work, someone always compliments me and asks me what scent I’m wearing  – Yeni P.

Feeling Myself Desde La Sala Scents

As a Latina, you probably have a lot of expectations put on you. It’s no secret that women are expected to put everyone’s needs before their own. Sometimes you might want to buck expectations and march to the beat of your own drum. These scents are for when the joyful, playful side of you takes over.

Armani – My Way

I love this perfume! The white musk and cedarwood blend with the orange blossom to make a distinctly fruity, feminine scent. It’s the perfect balance between warm and playful. And as an added bonus, its ingredients are consciously sourced. – Steph R.

Marc Jacobs – Daisy

This perfume is so light and pure that I’m instantly in a good mood as soon as I put it on. Jasmine is one of my favorite scents, and this perfume balances the smell of jasmine with berries so neither scent becomes too overpowering. –Isabella P.

Gucci – Flora by Gucci – Gorgeous Gardenia

This perfume is sexy, light, and playful. It’s light and feminine without knocking you over the head with the gardenia notes. Melts into your skin and beautifully lasts through the day!  – Jessica R.

Comadre Brunch and Beach Escape Scents

Comadre brunch and beach escape scents are perfect for the days when you’re feeling bright and energetic. But they’re also great for when you’re feeling overwhelmed and daydream of escaping the chaos for a bit. These scents are perfect for a much-needed pick-me-up.

Maison Margiela – ‘REPLICA’ Beach Walk

This scent is perfect for the hectic mornings where I just want to take a vacation–even for 15 minutes. This perfume is ocean breeze, salt air, and summer vacation memories in a bottle. All I have to do is close my eyes, smell this fragrance, and I’m instantly relaxed. It’s a must-have for busy mamas. – Ashley C.

Dolce & Gabbana – Light Blue

As soon as I spray this fragrance on me, I feel refreshed, energized, and ready to take on the day. The notes of green apple, cedar, and white rose remind me of a villa in the South of Italy. The scent is sunny, fresh, and bright. The perfect pick-me-up. -Eva R.

Pura Elegancia Scents

These scents are for when you’re not trying to prove yourself to anyone–you know who you are and you’re comfortable in your skin. You feel confident, powerful, and mature. But, don’t get it twisted–you still know how to have a good time. Here are the scents that FIERCE staffers recommended.

Viktor&Rolf – Flowerbomb

This perfume is the essence of sophistication. As soon as I spritz some on, I feel like I’d be right at home at a fancy garden party or a gallery opening. The jasmine and rose stands out immediately, and the longer I wear it, the more the notes of patchouli and vanilla peek through. It lasts so long and smells better and better the longer I wear it!  – Yami H.

Yves Saint Laurent – Libre Eau de Toilette

This perfume is fresh, sexy, and sophisticated. I love white floral scents, and this perfume combines notes of lavender, orange blossom and white tea accord. My husband says this is his favorite fragrance, so I always make sure to wear it out on date night. – Andrea P.

Sephora Favorites – Deluxe Mini Perfume Sampler Set

If, like many of us, you’re not sure how you’re feeling in the moment, don’t worry. No matter if you’re picky, or simply adventurous, Sephora Favorites has something for everyone. Sephora’s Deluxe Mini Perfume Sampler Set has a range of scents for when you feel fun and flirty, elegant and sophisticated, and any other feeling in between. 

Included in the set comes a scent certificate to redeem at any US Sephora store. Once you sample all of these fragrances, then you can choose your favorite and redeem the scent certificate for a FREE full size of your favorite featured fragrance at no extra cost. 

This gift would especially be perfect for Mother’s day, for the mamá who loves a great value (this sampler is a $148 value, but is going for just $75), loves to collect things, and loves to be adventurous and experiment with her beauty routine.

As the FIERCE ladies mentioned above, the scents we choose to wear should reflect how we feel in the moment. Every woman contains multitudes and shouldn’t limit herself to a specific box. You can be bold and sexy, while also being regal and powerful. You can be playful and bubbly, while also being smart and strong. And you should feel free to express these sides of yourself with abandon. Go ahead–express yourself.

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Women Are Sharing Their Sage Heel Shopping Advice

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Women Are Sharing Their Sage Heel Shopping Advice

When it comes to heels the options can beyond overwhelming. From stilettos and block heels to wedges and kitten heels, these pumps are proof that when it comes to shoes it’s not always a one-size-fits-all kind of game.

Women on Reddit recently gathered around on a discussion board, to share their best type of heel advice for women.

Check it out below!

“Sarah Flint is great if you really want to invest. Cole Haan is my personal go-go, but I’ve had success with Corso Como as well. J. Crew also has a surprisingly good selection of footwear and I snag trendy or statement shoes from them from time to time. All of these makers have small sizes in-stock as part of their standard offering.

For heels in particular I think committing to leather is important–if you buy them in the proper size they’ll “mold” to your feet in a way that synthetic materials never will. Pretty important for us wee ones who often have to deal with things running large to begin with.

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“Thanks for the advice! Every pair of Cole Haan shoes I’ve tried haven’t been my favorites, so I’ll check out the others!”- mimosaandmagnolia

“While decidedly not an expert on heels, I checked the gf’s closet and found lots of Cole Haan and Burberry. She’s on her feet all day doing rounds at the hospital so she’s literally put a premium and is willing to pay a premium to be comfortable when she dresses up (however infrequent that’s been in the last year).

These may be outside your budget if purchased new, but may be brands to keep an eye out for at Nordstrom Rack, etc.”- itsonlyastrongbuzz

“Cole Haan for me. I have a pair of navy capped toe pumps that have lasted me for years and are very comfortable. For particularly small feet, I would recommend a Salvatore Ferragamo Vara pump. They’ve got a nice low heel, come in loads of colors, and they too last a long time if you take good care of them.”- Foxlurker8

“Hi! I think Franco Sarto makes a super cute block heel. Practical but still chic. I usually just go to nordstroms and try a bunch on.”- billnyegirl

“I bought a pair of heels once by Franco Sarto and they left blisters on my feet. I was so disappointed because after wearing them for a day my blood stained the tan leather.”- mimosaandmagnolia

“Definitely an investment but it may be worth looking at M Gemi? I bought a pair of their suede loafers on sale and love them — they are so comfortable! Looks like their heels go down to a size 35 (EU) which I think is close to your size?”- WannaWearMyRedShoes

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