Living in a world with fashion tips, diet tricks, and social media is everywhere, it’s important to remember that people come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. We’re all born to be our own unique selves. Some of us are born with blue eyes or brown hair, or special birthmarks. For a young baby girl, Winry Hall, it was a very rare birthmark with congenital melanocytic nevi or CMN.
Hall’s mother, Nicole Hall, initially thought her baby just had a bruise or large moles; however, they would later find out it was a rare birthmark, with research showing that the birthmark comes in small and large sizes. Knowing the troubles her daughter might face with such a birthmark, the mother has been on a mission to change how the world views beauty. In an effort to bring awareness to Winry’s case, her mom set up a social media page where they share updates on the baby’s day-to-day life. Nicole has been an advocate and social media guru since her daughter’s diagnosis, trying to show the world it’s more than okay to be different. With almost 200,000 followers on Tiktok, Hall has plenty of videos that will show you how happy of a baby Winry is despite her rare birthmark.
According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the young baby’s diagnosis could put her at a higher risk of developing melanoma later in life. The mom has told the world the diagnosis is not going to get her family down, and they work extra hard to protect the young girl’s skin.
“For a lot of people, this is the first time seeing a birthmark like hers and that’s part of why I enjoy sharing,” Hall told Good Morning America. “This is a good conversation for parents with their children to see kids have differences, or for those parents who do have a kid that looks like Winry or has any kind of a birthmark to see their child represented,” she added.
Thanks to social media and Nicole’s passion for sharing Winry’s story— the family has been able to meet other kiddos just like Winry on the other side of the world.
“We’ve got to talk to several people from Brazil with birthmarks,” Hall said. “One of them has one that is almost identical to Winry and it’s been so fun to talk to her because she’s almost exactly my age.” Connecting with others and staying busy, Winry’s health is always the family’s top priority.
“Her health and happiness are our top priority. We have to monitor her with sunscreen. I’m careful with hats and that sort of thing,” Hall said. “I know our regular dermatology appointment is probably going to be our best friend growing up,” she finished.
In the day-to-day of being a growing child, Hall says her daughter is the epitome of a happy baby even despite the adversity she experiences.
“She just radiates joy. She’s almost always laughing or shrieking. She is just the happiest baby I have ever seen,” her mom stated. “She’s a big talker already. We haven’t got a whole lot of words out, but she tells you like it is and she’s already getting a little bit of sassiness, so I think we’re gonna have a lot on our hands,” Hall said.