By Charlotte Nisbet
A stunning teenager is finally showcasing her deformed hand after launching her modelling career.
Mollie Pearce, 16, was born with a congenital defect that left her with part of her right hand and fingers missing – something that initially devastated her mum and Dad, Sally and Steve
But now, after years of hiding her hand in photographs, Mollie is showcasing her hand after accepting her differences.
Mollie – who is currently studying at college – is hoping to kick-start her modelling career to give others the confidence to do the same.
Her parents, from Nailsea, Somerset, couldn’t be more proud of her daughter’s positive attitude.
Sally, a hairdresser, said: “When I was told Mollie’s hand hadn’t formed properly I was devastated.
“It was an awful time as we didn’t know what to expect as I was only 20 weeks pregnant when we found out.
“I was even offered a termination which was just ridiculous as there was nothing else wrong with her.
“Looking back now I can’t believe I was even upset as she is achieving everything she wants from life and more.
“Mollie has been very good at disguising her hand in the past when having photos taken with her friends.
“But now she’s showing off her differences, not only to help launch her own modelling career but to help others gain the confidence to do the same.
“There’s no reason why she’s can’t become a huge success in the modelling world, her hand doesn’t define who she is.
“She has the best personality and will never allow her hand hold her back.
“When people ask why she only has one hand Mollie tells them it has been bitten off by a shark.”
Mollie is set to join Models of Diversity – a charity that challenges to modelling industry with more diverse models.
“Mollie is keen to get into any type of modelling but it will most likely be fashion or catwalk.
“I didn’t used to feel comfortable showing my hand off in pictures but now I want to show the modelling industry that you can have differences and still be beautiful.
“I’m putting together a portfolio now and will be able to start attending castings once it’s done.
“I’m so excited, I have always wanted to model but thought it wouldn’t be possible due to my hand.
“Models of Diversity as it gives people like myself to confidence to try anything and how knows, one day I could end up walking on London Fashion Week.”
Angel Sinclair, the founder of Models of Diversity, said: “Mollie has all the ingredients to succeed as an international model.
“Mollie will be taking to her first runways show this month for The Hope movement.
“We are championing for people with disabilities to be included into the fashion industry worldwide.
“Change is happening, most recently with Primark using Kelly Knox as part of their campaign.”