The earlier we learn something, the more likely it is to stick with us for life. In the case of six-year-old Mahli Guise, one lesson that is being instilled early is body hatred.
The Burke Ward Public School student was reportedly reduced to tears after the birthmark on her neck was digitally removed from her school photo without her or her parents’ consent.
Mahli’s mother, Kendi Simmons told the Barrier Daily Truth where the story first appeared, ‘We’ve always told Mahli the birthmark is her beauty spot’.
‘It’s saddening that somebody who we don’t know sat behind a computer and thought “We’ll get rid of that”.’