Mabelynn Capeluj is a model and college student who won the Miss California USA pageant this year in January. While she is preparing for the Miss USA pageant in June she is also a spokesperson for the National Psoriasis Foundation. My family and I had the pleasure of meeting her at the NPF Walk to Cure Psoriasis at the Santa Monica Pier earlier this month where she served as the ambassador for the Walk. I interviewed Mabelynn last month to find out more about her psoriasis story. She articulated her experiences with openness and a passion to educate and build awareness about the condition. Here are excerpts of the interview:
I was diagnosed when I was 16. I remember when I dyed my hair black. My scalp was crazy flaking and I didn’t know what was going on. So they said that it was because I dyed my hair black and that was too harsh. But that never went away and then I started breaking out with rashes. So my mom took me to the dermatologist but they misdiagnosed me. They thought it was a skin fungal thing. It wasn’t until I went to Argentina that winter break to see my aunt. My aunt has psoriasis and saw what was happening with my skin and gave me some great advice. We went to the beach everyday and that really cleared up my psoriasis.
When I returned from Argentina I went to a doctor and I tried everything—lotions, pills, shampoos, conditioners—everything you could possibly imagine. But nothing worked for me, except going out in the sun. Living out in California, in San Diego, I get out in the sun a lot. I really love the beach. I don’t really do any other treatments. I may start phototherapy in the clinic before the Miss USA because I’m already starting to break out a little bit.
I remember when I was in high school I would always try to cover it up. I would always wear long sleeved shirts, long-sleeved jackets, and I painted my fingernails black. I basically had no fingernails cause they would all break off so I painted them black. The psoriasis affected my scalp and nails the worse. I couldn’t go to any high school dances.
I stayed home and wasn’t very social. I was always hiding—it was a weird and awkward time for me. Especially in middle school and high school the other kids pick on you, that makes it hard.
I was bullied a lot in middle school and high school for being ugly or too skinny. When I got psoriasis they would pick on me for that. They would ask me what was wrong, what’s that around my eyes, and they would laugh at me. It was just very embarrassing and awkward. I would come home crying.
Once I figured out how to treat my psoriasis with the sunlight, and it started to clear up, I started taking better care of myself. I started to eat healthier, not being as stressed, being out in the sun, and being active outside with my little brothers.
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Posted By: Turnback |
5/28/13 3:14 PM
Im proud when I see girls that are admired for their beauty talk about what is taboo and takes away from their looks in some peoples eyes. I think its important for young girls to know that perfection is not always what it seems and even girls with problems can be beautiful