"Remind the world that everyone is beautiful." These are the words of Ilka Brühl - a 26-year-old woman from Germany, who took it upon herself to spread positivity and empowerment by telling her own story.

Since the day she was born, Ilka has lived a troublesome life. "I was born with a facial cleft and my nose airways were not properly formed," she told Project Grenzenlos. "In addition, I lacked on the right side of the tear duct, so that the permanent natural moistening of the eye has led to me right tears have always run out of the eye."

Now, after countless operations, Ilka is a strong, confident woman, sharing her story and experiences, with hope to encourage people to love themselves. Two years ago, she has begun posing for some of her photographer friends. "There was so much positive feedback, that I got more and more courage to show myself as I am. Pure and unaffected," she told.

Ilka shares her images, motivating people to come out of their shells and to show their true beauty. "There is only one way to be ugly: by having an ugly character. No one has to hide because of their appearance!"

More info:  ilka-bruehl.de | Facebook (h/t Project Grenzenlos)

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Kate Edwards 10 months ago

Oh, what a simply lovely girl...

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Pillowhead 10 months ago

Oh I truly like this one. Such sophistication!

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ALIYAH ALLEN 10 months ago

i like this one alot

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Jo Joof 10 months ago

wow incredible beauty

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Nina Cordova 10 months ago

She is a princess in a fairy tale...

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Feminist As Hell 10 months ago

She's beautiful. She really is.

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Merilyn Horton 10 months ago

Uniquely beautiful

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Merilyn Horton 10 months ago

So expressive

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Merilyn Horton 10 months ago

Beauty comes in all aspects. She is so lovely

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Moo Jar 10 months ago

So unique and lovely

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Alia G. 10 months ago

I’m really jealous of her hair...

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Merilyn Horton 10 months ago

Lovely

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Susann Campbell 10 months ago

The beautiful woodland fairy is healing this tree.

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Janine B. 10 months ago

Her freckles are adorable.

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Ie Va 10 months ago

Finally smiling!

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Christian Grennell 10 months ago

So...... Beautiful

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Merilyn Horton 10 months ago

Very other worldly

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BusLady 10 months ago

Oh, the freckles really stand out here.

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Merilyn Horton 10 months ago

Those eyes are hypnotic

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Vinniegret 10 months ago

Wow, she looks like medieval royalty or an Ikon

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rachel carter 10 months ago

Such intense eyes and depth

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BusLady 10 months ago

The nudity is graceful and beautiful.

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BusLady 10 months ago

Like a fairy princess.

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Molly Block 10 months ago

Unterwasser! Nice!!

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Susann Campbell 10 months ago

Now do you believe in Fairies and Magic?

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Merilyn Horton 10 months ago

Glorious

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Flisey 10 months ago

Absolutely love this pic!

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Molly Block 10 months ago

So so lovely!!!!!!

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BusLady 10 months ago

Very nice setting.

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Alia G. 10 months ago

Not only is she an amazing model, the photography skills are fantastic!

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Peggy Penguin 10 months ago

Those eyes!!!

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BusLady 10 months ago

Wow

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BusLady 10 months ago

Love the use of props here.

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Ruth Neighbor 10 months ago

Best one yet. So expressive

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Merilyn Horton 10 months ago

I hope she has a wonderful career.

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BusLady 10 months ago

So lovely.

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Martha Chisum 10 months ago

Very pretty!

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Ie Va 10 months ago

This gorgeous!

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Megan McBride 10 months ago

she looks ethereal and otherworldly <3 beyond beautiful

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Alia G. 10 months ago

I feel like there should be written stories to go with each of these

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BusLady 10 months ago

Definitely underwater here.

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BusLady 10 months ago

There's that radient smile again.

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John Backus 10 months ago

Her freckles are unreal !!! so beautiful !

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boredkoala 10 months ago

Incredibly fascinating photo!

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Merilyn Horton 10 months ago

Stunning

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BusLady 10 months ago

This looks like a wedding shoot. So graceful.

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Shelley Kidby 10 months ago

Looks as if she is under water, looking at the sky.

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Merilyn Horton 10 months ago

I think her appearance allows a photographer to show greater depth of emotions.

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Shelley Kidby 10 months ago

Sadness.

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Marri 10 months ago

I love this!

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Peggy Penguin 10 months ago

💜💜💜💜💜💜 🐧🐧

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Faramir10 10 months ago

Very pretty.

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Crista Downey 10 months ago

I love this one, the black and white shows all of her. Just gorgeous.

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Louise Duchaine 10 months ago

love this one

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BusLady 10 months ago

The same as before, but closer. You can see the fog on the window from her breath.

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Shelley Kidby 10 months ago

A beautiful flourish of youth

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Laura Callsen 10 months ago

wrong credit

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Pam Taylor-Glass 10 months ago

Beautiful eyes!

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BusLady 10 months ago

The contrast is wonderful.

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BusLady 10 months ago

She looks lost in the forest.

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BusLady 10 months ago

Grace.

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BusLady 10 months ago

So peaceful.

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BusLady 10 months ago

She is so good with emotion. She could be an actor.

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BusLady 10 months ago

Love the lighting in this one.

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BusLady 10 months ago

Her eyes just grab you.

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BusLady 10 months ago

"Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup."

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BusLady 10 months ago

Like she has a lot on her mind.

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BusLady 10 months ago

This puts me in the mind of homeless teens.

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BusLady 10 months ago

Otherworldly.

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BusLady 10 months ago

Does anyone know the painting?

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BusLady 10 months ago

A lot on her mind.

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boredkoala 10 months ago

I love it. Breaking beauty standards indeed :-)

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BusLady 10 months ago

Looks younger here.

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BusLady 10 months ago

Very nice. The use of light is just perfect.

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BusLady 10 months ago

Lovely.

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BusLady 10 months ago

Loneliness.

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