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When it comes to redefining the word "beauty," is at the forefront of inspirational models. The 28-year-old was born with — a rare genetic condition that, in her case, resulted in hair loss, absent teeth, and a cleft palate. As pointed out by the , ED is not just a singular disease, but rather an umbrella term that encompasses several disorders with closely related symptoms. But despite the way her disorder has affected her appearance, Gaydos is confident in how she looks — so much that she decided to become a model.

In a new interview with >Cosmopolitan, Gaydos opens up about her career as well as her condition, explaining that she's never felt any insecurities about her appearance. "I was never, ever bothered by the way that I look. It has nothing to do with me," she says. "Everybody has their own insecurities...It’s really limiting, depressing, to worry about what other people look like and what other people think of us. I don’t see why people can’t just be happy with themselves and be happy for other people."

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It's definitely a great outlook, and it's clear that Gaydos's perception of herself helped her gain confidence within the modeling industry. She tells Cosmo that she began looking for gigs on Craigslist and ModelMayhem, connecting with photographers who wanted a "different look" for their portfolio. From there, she started appearing in several alternative publications and has even walked the runway at New York Fashion Week — a victory that, according to Gaydos, other people told her she'd never accomplish.

Gaydos's experience can serve as a lesson to us all, whether we're models or not. Her self-confidence and comfort in her own skin is certainly an inspiration, and it reminds us that every body is beautiful, regardless of shape, size, color, or construct. Hopefully the fashion industry will begin to employ more models who redefine beauty standards, but Gaydos is already seeing improvements. "Every year, [the industry] seems to broaden and become a little more open-minded," she explains. "I truly do think that fashion is reimagining its ideals but it’s only because people such as myself are actually making it happen."

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