Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus opens up on social media about something uniquely personal.
Shookus presented an inspiring image showing her legs, revealing a vascular birthmark from port wine from her knees to her toes. She wrote the post with an empowering message about body positivity and endurance as part of the #MoreThanABirthmark campaign.
“I was born with a Port Wine Stain vascular birthmark from my knee to my toes,” Shookus wrote. “Although it has never changed and never hurts, I have learned … that I am very lucky for the location and the lack of health complications that many people with vascular birthmarks can face.”
She continued: “Some people think it’s weird or ugly. I certainly still notice people staring at it. But I once had someone tell me it was like I had a Jackson Pollock painting on my leg , so I like to think it makes my leg more valuable than most. “
The award-winning producer of Emmy and mother of daughter Madeline, 8, ended the post with an uplifting message about loving your own body.
“None of us are ever defined by one thing, and I’m definitely more than my birthmark,” she said.
The post was met with a lot of support: “God would make sure that such good legs did not go unnoticed, so she gave you an extra decoration on one!” wrote a commentator.
“It makes you beautifully unique,” one added.
“Beautiful in every way!” wrote another.
According to Vascular birthmark funds, who collaborated with Shookus on this campaign, is about three out of every 1,000 people born with the pink to reddish mark, which gets its name because it looks like someone who spilled wine on the skin.
Shookus, co-founder of Women Working F ** king Hard, a national women’s networking group, is one of several people who have shared photos of their birthmark as part of the campaign.
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