Feeling like you’re different from other people can make you feel insecure, especially when it comes down to physical traits. But it’s important to remember that the things that make us unique and that tell our particular stories aren’t traits to be ashamed of. Rather, we should be proud of them!

Of course, this is easier said than done, as mom Claudina Vega knows all too well. She spent years hiding a leg disfigurement, which she’s had since she was 5 years old.

Claudina is a now a proud mother of a 4-year-old son, and wants to teach him the value of being proud of who he is and to not be afraid. She decided to set the example herself by showing off her leg to the world in a photoshoot with Ginny Haupert Photography. 

This is a huge step for the mom, who had to have 20 surgeries on the leg, and who spent her life making excuses to keep it hidden — even from friends.

She says that her whole life, she just wanted to be like everyone else. But now she’s learning to embrace the traits and flaws that make her, her!

The photoshoot was more than a success.  She says that she has finally learned to love her leg.

Please SHARE if you’re proud of this beautiful mama for facing her fears and proving how brave she really is!

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