February 16, 2012 is a day Dana Vulin will never forget.
It was just like any other day until Natalie Dimitrovska showed up on her doorstep in Perth, Australia and doused her in methylated spirits after she became jealous of Dana for talking to her ex-husband at a party.
She was set to “ruin her pretty face.”
After two years of reconstructive surgery and wearing a mask over her face, it was time for Dana to reveal how far she’s come, and she did so in a truly beautiful way: by strutting her stuff on the catwalk at the West Australian Ballet Centre on Sunday.
“In my wildest dreams in the beginning — I didn't for one second think I could look in the mirror and see the old Dana again,” she said.
She refuses to let the horrific tragedy get the best of her.
“I'm going to make this burn my bitch, I'm going to kick it in the face and I am going to rock scars, look hot with my scarred-up body and just make this work,” she said.
“It would've been easier to die but I've never taken the easy road to anything so. It is the hardest, rockiest, biggest mountain you can possibly think of.”
When asked what she wanted people to see when she revealed her new look, the 28-year-old had one response: “I hope they’ll see strength, power, confidence, self respect, courage, determination – and I hope they see the scars because it’s a part of me now and they see a new Dana. I am who I am and this is it.”