"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 1 year ago

Oh, what a simply lovely girl...

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Pillowhead 1 year ago

Oh I truly like this one. Such sophistication!

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ALIYAH ALLEN 1 year ago

i like this one alot

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Jo Joof 1 year ago

wow incredible beauty

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Nina Cordova 1 year ago

She is a princess in a fairy tale...

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Feminist As Hell 1 year ago

She's beautiful. She really is.

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Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

Uniquely beautiful

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Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

So expressive

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Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

Beauty comes in all aspects. She is so lovely

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Moo Jar 1 year ago

So unique and lovely

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Alia G. 1 year ago

I’m really jealous of her hair...

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Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

Lovely

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Susann Campbell 1 year ago

The beautiful woodland fairy is healing this tree.

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Janine B. 1 year ago

Her freckles are adorable.

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Ie Va 1 year ago

Finally smiling!

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Christian Grennell 1 year ago

So...... Beautiful

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Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

Very other worldly

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BusLady 1 year ago

Oh, the freckles really stand out here.

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Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

Those eyes are hypnotic

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Vinniegret 1 year ago

Wow, she looks like medieval royalty or an Ikon

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rachel carter 1 year ago

Such intense eyes and depth

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BusLady 1 year ago

The nudity is graceful and beautiful.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Like a fairy princess.

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Molly Block 1 year ago

Unterwasser! Nice!!

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Susann Campbell 1 year ago

Now do you believe in Fairies and Magic?

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Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

Glorious

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Flisey 1 year ago

Absolutely love this pic!

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Molly Block 1 year ago

So so lovely!!!!!!

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BusLady 1 year ago

Very nice setting.

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Alia G. 1 year ago

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

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Peggy Penguin 1 year ago

Those eyes!!!

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BusLady 1 year ago

Wow

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BusLady 1 year ago

Love the use of props here.

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Ruth Neighbor 1 year ago

Best one yet. So expressive

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Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

I hope she has a wonderful career.

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BusLady 1 year ago

So lovely.

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Martha Chisum 1 year ago

Very pretty!

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Ie Va 1 year ago

This gorgeous!

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Megan McBride 1 year ago

she looks ethereal and otherworldly <3 beyond beautiful

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Alia G. 1 year ago

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

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BusLady 1 year ago

Definitely underwater here.

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BusLady 1 year ago

There's that radient smile again.

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John Backus 1 year ago

Her freckles are unreal !!! so beautiful !

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boredkoala 1 year ago

Incredibly fascinating photo!

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Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

Stunning

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BusLady 1 year ago

This looks like a wedding shoot. So graceful.

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Shelley Kidby 1 year ago

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

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Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

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

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Shelley Kidby 1 year ago

Sadness.

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Marri 1 year ago

I love this!

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Peggy Penguin 1 year ago

💜💜💜💜💜💜 🐧🐧

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Faramir10 1 year ago

Very pretty.

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Crista Downey 1 year ago

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

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Louise Duchaine 1 year ago

love this one

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BusLady 1 year ago

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

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Shelley Kidby 1 year ago

A beautiful flourish of youth

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Laura Callsen 1 year ago

wrong credit

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Pam Taylor-Glass 1 year ago

Beautiful eyes!

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BusLady 1 year ago

The contrast is wonderful.

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BusLady 1 year ago

She looks lost in the forest.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Grace.

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BusLady 1 year ago

So peaceful.

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BusLady 1 year ago

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

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BusLady 1 year ago

Love the lighting in this one.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Her eyes just grab you.

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BusLady 1 year ago

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

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BusLady 1 year ago

Like she has a lot on her mind.

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BusLady 1 year ago

This puts me in the mind of homeless teens.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Otherworldly.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Does anyone know the painting?

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Valerie Ward 2 months ago

Why are her eyes blackened underneath? Is this strange bruised "look" part of her defect, perhaps? I know she is using her defect to make her stand out..but the fact is that she is very beautiful, anyway..If she were overweight and short the companies would not pay any attention. This is STILL about the body.

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BusLady 1 year ago

A lot on her mind.

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boredkoala 1 year ago

I love it. Breaking beauty standards indeed :-)

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BusLady 1 year ago

Looks younger here.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Very nice. The use of light is just perfect.

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BusLady 1 year ago

Lovely.

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