They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade and without any doubt, Shalom Blac is a whole lot of "inspiring"-- using makeup to share an empowering message.
As a young girl in Nigeria, Shalom and her younger sister were badly burned by hot oil.
When she was 9 years old, she was in her mum’s grocery store where she also sold fried food during the evenings. She was tired and wanted to go to sleep. Her mum asked her to sleep in the room inside but when she got there, she was scared by a cat so decided to sleep elsewhere on a table.
Her younger sister was also placed alongside on the table later on.
They both slept until they woke up suddenly after scathing hot oil fell on both sisters.
It was a terrible scene as they were rushed to the clinic but when they were told that there were no doctors on duty.
She fainted soon after…
Fast forward, it was very tough dealing with the scars. Glamour Magazine shares an experience Shalom had – “People began to stare at me, or look at me in a nasty way,” she recalls. “One of my neighbours, we used to play together, came in my house and when he saw me ran away crying.”
Eventually, an aunt helped the family move to the United States of America where she had numerous operations.
She was bullied and considered suicide. Eventually, she discovered makeup and today she is a successful beauty blogger.
She said, " "I love myself for who I am. I'm accepting for what has happened to me. Makeup is not the reason why I'm happy. I'm happy because I love myself."
Watch her video below: