Nikki Christou – Beauty Lies Within
Nikki Christou shares her story about how important it is not to judge a book by its cover, and to always try to get to know a person so you can find the beauty within.
“I was diagnosed with something called an AVM, and basically, on the right side of my face, you have arteries, capillaries, and veins, and on the right side of my face, I don’t have the capillaries in the middle where they need to be. It causes me to have life-threatening nosebleeds and really intense headaches. The lowest point was probably when — not necessarily when veins starting appearing on my face — but when the reality, the medical reality of what I was going to be faced with with, my condition, came to life, and there was one Christmas Eve when I had my first life-threatening nosebleed. That was I think a turning point, when we thought, ‘This is gonna be my life, and this isn’t gonna be normal anymore.’ The message that I want to get across — although most people are judged now on what you look like on the outside — I think it’s really important to not judge a book by its cover.
“If you saw me on the street, you wouldn’t think I was the prettiest girl you’ve ever seen, and I think it’s important to be able to get to know someone before you make any theories. I think that’s what I try to tell people, beauty lies within.”