Years of being bullied for his skin conditions should have broken Chad Esau, but instead, it made him more determined to succeed.
Going further than his bullies could have imagined, the 21 year old model has made it to the Mr South Africa Semi-Finals.
Chad was born with Vitiligo, a condition that causes the loss of skin colour.
This loss of skin colour is especially noticeable if you’re a darker skinned kid like Chad and he admits that the negative attention he received had a huge negative impact on his self-esteem.
He remembers being in grade 1, coming home from school crying and begging his mom not to send him back.
The abuse carried on right through his school years and he became a loner, generally avoided participating in activities such as sports.
He says that his greatest fear was being seen by people, but the beautiful boy’s life soon took a direction that no one could have imagined.
His life story is a classic fairy-tale, something akin to Cinderella, but with a pretty boy.
He had been working one evening at a coffee shop when an agent approached him and asked him if he wanted to be a model.
He says that he was shocked and did not hesitate to say yes.
As part of his journey to modelling success, he says that he had to accept his unique features instead of trying to hide it from the world.
It certainly helped and not only has he broken barriers in the modelling industry, but he is also currently using his public profile to fight against bullying.
He is an ambassador for ‘BraveHeart ‘, an anti-bullying organisation that helps kids who is experience what he had experienced his whole life.
As for Mr South Africa, he admits that he did not expect to get this far and just took a chance because he wanted to prove that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.
However, as any winner will tell you, taking chances is part of the winning process, and ‘pretty boy’ Chad is most certainly a winner.
If you want to vote for Chad, you can SMS MRSA74 to 40439 and you can follow on his social media pages on Facebook and Instagram.