Talya Reynolds is only 19 – but she’s already inspiring thousands of people with her empowering messages of self love.
Known as Mrs Betty Wap on Instagram and YouTube, Talya taught herself to do makeup when she was 14. Five years later, she’s a freelance makeup artist with more than 23,000 followers.
Oh, and she’s cross-eyed.
Talya hasn’t always loved her eyes, but over the last few years she’s learned to embrace and celebrate her looks.
This week she posted a brilliant message of self-love on her Instagram, explaining why she chose herself as her woman crush Wednesday.
‘I’m crosseyed and I love it,’ wrote Talya. ‘I have my days where it gets me down and I see a bunch of beautiful women who have perfect eyes , and sometimes I question God: Why me?
‘I ask him maybe one day I’ll wake up and be normal. But he told me daughter I made you this way because I believe you are stronger and you have much more to offer, more than a pretty face. That whoever loves you will love you for you.
‘From that day on I stopped questioning him. I get bullied and teased and living in Philly the kids are very ignorant when it comes to the unknown.
‘I have a heart and I bleed and cry just like you. Don’t treat me any less.
‘It’s not easy being me and I do feel like I see half the world.
‘But come on, give me credit. How many girls can really pull off one eye?
‘Love yourself and show love to others you never know what someone is going through. I’ve gotten threats, jumped just by looking the way that I do.
‘I wish the world was a better place but it starts with us. Be blessed and continue to love the picture God painted.’
Hear that? Stop questioning your looks and wishing they would change. Accept that this is the way you look, and work on loving every bit of what makes you, you.
‘I wasn’t always confident,’ Talya told metro.co.uk. ‘Still to this day I am not 110% confident.
‘I used to be very upset that people wouldn’t accept me when all I wanted was a friend.
‘Honestly, it took me up to my 17th birthday to really start to appreciate myself and love myself more.’
It’s been a journey, but one that’s been helped along by discovering a passion for makeup and beauty.
Now, Talya shares her looks on Instagram to widen the definition of beauty, and make it clear that being crosseyed won’t hold her back.
‘I love that people can see me behind my eye and like my makeup as art,’ she tells us.
‘I love that I can express my beauty in more ways and to the people who tell me I can’t see being half blind, I can still create an image in my head.
‘I can be an inspiration and start a trend that says not being normal is okay!’
And to anyone else who’s struggling with self confidence, Talya urges you to embrace your differences instead of questioning them: ‘Love yourself from your head to your toes.’