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The Mask by Stella Valente

The Mask

Stella Valente

About the work

Looks can sometimes be deceiving. I have a severe medical condition, but if you looked at me, you would never know. Behind my smile, beneath my mask, is a daily battle no one else can see.

On the left is my mask, as happy as can be, but on the right, it shows what it feels like to be me—a young girl trying to survive severe OCD.