Ryley Isaac
(Image posted to Instagram @ryleyisaac)

The 18-year-old social media star first struggled with hate comments when she first joined social media with trolls accusing her of faking her own birthmark. Ryley said she would often receive comments like "who punched you", "it's fake, it's actually makeup" and "she's doing it for attention".
She believes the comments stemmed from people's lack of knowledge on the subject and the lack of awareness that covers birthmarks and similar conditions.

Ryley's birthmark is a port-wine stain birthmark, she said "around 3 out of every 1000 children are born with one, I count myself lucky". A port-wine stain is a discoloration of the human skin caused by a capillary malformation in the skin, quite often occurring more on the face area.

"The birthmark I have is permanent and will not fade like some other birthmarks"

"Although the comments got me down I know my truth and that I'm just trying to inspire people and normalize birthmarks and similar conditions, so I ignored them and got to where I am now". 2 Years later, Ryley has now achieved over 600k+ Followers on her Instagram account @ryleyisaac and a further 700k+ on platform TikTok @ryley, supported by her talent collective PLUGGED agency, Ryley continues to expand her brand online.

Ryley has now fully accepted herself and wants to inspire others to embrace their uniqueness and stand out from the crowd, Ryley now knows many people look up to her and uses makeup and beauty as an avenue to share her journey online. The beauty guru knows firsthand how hard growing up with a noticeable birthmark can be, so she now posts on her Instagram account showing viewers how to cover their birthmarks until they feel confident enough to put down the make-up altogether and embrace their natural selves.