Beauty contests have been taking place around the world for decades and, for a long time, the ideal of beauty was reinforced as a unique model to be achieved. This year, however, Miss England has shown greater concern with diversity: among the finalists in the competition, which ends on the 17th, is India Fenwick, 21, who is blind in one eye.
The young woman was born with a rare condition called microphthalmia, which caused her to lose sight in her left eye. Since entering the contest, she has made it clear that she seeks to share her story to inspire other young people with similar conditions.
— At ten weeks pregnant, my mother caught a dangerous infection in a restaurant. Called toxoplasmosis, the main symptom was a bad cold. But unbeknownst to her, the disease was transmitted to me, attacking the optic nerve and affecting the development and growth of my eye,” India said.
When she was born, doctors confirmed that the girl had an extremely rare condition and that, in her case, it only affected one eye. With a damaged optic nerve, coloboma (poor formation of the ocular structure) and with a globe 25% smaller than the right eye, she points out that this type of case affects only one in 10,000 people.
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