A beauty in any be­holder’s eye

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - BRIANA DOMJEN

BUL­LIED her en­tire school life and blind in her left eye, Elice Craig is not your typ­i­cal Miss World con­tes­tant.

But the re­mark­able West­ern Syd­ney beauty is on a mis­sion to change peo­ple’s view and prove to the world that beauty comes in all forms.

Craig, 20, com­peted in the NSW pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal at Macarthur Square Shop­ping Cen­tre and was one of 12 girls to go through to the state fi­nals, which will be held in July. A to­tal of 40 girls will com­pete then and the top eight will go on to the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

“Go­ing blind at the age of seven has made me who I am to­day,” Craig said.

“It be­came my pur­pose in life. I want to in­spire other young women to be com­fort­able in their own skin. ”

Craig was born with a cyst on her left eye and was forced to un­dergo nu­mer­ous surg­eries as a child in an at­tempt to fix it.

“Each time it got worse and even­tu­ally a scar grew over my pupil which is why it looks blue,” the cor­po­rate sec­re­tary said.

Her un­usual-look­ing eye meant years of bul­ly­ing at school.

Pic­ture: Sam Rut­tyn

Miss World en­trant Elice Craig is blind in one eye and wants to in­spire women.

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