Tanya Phillips and her husband Adam have taken the very permanent step of tattooing their legs red to match their daughter’s birthmarks.
The pair said they wanted their daughter Honey-Rae “to feel special, that her birthmark was something to feel proud of and not embarrassed by”, the Mirror reports.
“Most people might think it’s very extreme but to us it was the natural thing to do to ensure our daughter never felt different or alone in the world.” Mrs Phillips went under the needle to mark her 40th birthday.
She admitted it was something she never thought she would do. She said the couple made the decision because people would “cruelly point and stare at her”.
“For the first few months of her life, whenever we went out, I made sure her legs were covered up. I couldn’t cope with stranger’s curious glances or whispering comments. I didn’t want sympathy or pity or people feeling sorry for Honey-Rae.”
“From the moment she was born, we told Honey-Rae she was beautiful and constantly covered her in kisses.”
But last summer, when the youngster was less than a year old, Tanya was out shopping with her little girl, who was dressed in shorts and sandals.
She said: “I was stood at a check out till, when I saw an old couple whispering and staring at Honey-Rae’s leg.
“I was distraught. It was first time I had taken her out without covering her up and it confirmed all my worries and fears. People are cruel without even realising.
“And I knew if adults could be that insensitive, then kids at school would also be unintentionally mean.”
It was then Tanya and Adam decided to go the extra mile to ensure their little girl didn’t feel different.
The Mirror UK