Chantel Struwig - Birthmark Awareness Advocate

Birthmark awareness advocate Chantel Struwig will join a host of SPAR Women’s Challenge Tshwane ambassadors on race day at SuperSport Park on 3 August.

Struwig has not merely accepted her port-wine birthmark, she has embraced the purplish-red mark covering most of her face.

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Embracing Uniqueness

The Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool pupil has become an overnight sensation thanks to her creative Instagram posts featuring her birthmark.

By embracing her uniqueness, the 18-year-old Struwig serves as a true reflection of this year’s race theme, “Yes I Am…”. Yes, I Am is a rallying cry to women of Tshwane to accept who they are and inspire others through their stories.

Struwig said she hoped to inspire other people to embrace being different and in the process, overcome their insecurities.

“What excites me about being a SPAR Women’s Challenge Tshwane brand ambassador is being part of a community consisting of strong and independent women who believe the sky is the limit.” Struwig said.

“Being part of the ambassador family allows me to open up the eyes of people to see that being different is okay, and being different is beautiful. This also allows me to show anyone with insecurities that it shouldn’t stop them from achieving their goals and that dreams do come true.”

Self Acceptance

Struwig said she was fortunate to have a strong role model in her life who inspired and demonstrated that it was possible to prosper despite life’s setbacks.

“My big sister, Nicole Struwig is hands down the strongest women I know,” she said.

“Even though she had to face challenges at a young age, she still pushed through and realised her goals and dreams”

Struwig admits she felt insecure about her birthmark growing up, but she has learned to accept herself despite her blemishes.

“By not meeting the standards of what is considered “normal” really took a toll on how I validate and view myself,” she said.

“Through many years of self-doubt, tears and questioning my worth, I learned to love and accept myself exactly for who I am, birthmark and all. #YesIam, not only means accepting myself but also to embrace who I am.”

Struwig confirmed she would be at the starting line for the 5km race and encouraged other women to join her and “be part of something bigger”.