Italian beauty queen Gessica Notaro had a promising life ahead of her. At just 27-years-old, she was already a champion beauty queen and living her dream of an aquarium worker.
She was totally in love with boyfriend Jorge Edson Tavares, but then things took a turn for the worst.
Tavares and Notaro ended their relationship, but Tavares felt jilted. He ambushed his ex-girlfriend outside her house and poured acid all over her face.
"While the acid ate away at my face I was on my knees praying. I prayed to God: take away my beauty but at least leave me with my sight," says Nataro. "I have to spend all my money on medication – every half hour I need eye drops and I have to moisturize my skin constantly. I cannot do my job because I can't go in the water."
Nataro was essentially locked up in her hospital room for months, not being allowed visitors unless they were completely sterilized.
Gessica Nataro has kept her face under wraps since the attack, not wanting to show her face. She was on Canale 5's Maurizio Costanzo show recently, with the host telling her she could leave the scarf on if she preferred. However, she chose to remove it.
"I want you to see what he did to me. This isn't love."
"My face is ruined but my facial features are still there. My mouth is intact. So is my nose. I still recognize myself in the mirror. This eye should have been blind but it isn't," she said. "And the most important thing I found out that night is that my voice is still there. I risked losing it as the acid ended up in my mouth, but I was alert enough to spit it out."
Jorge Edson Tavares denies he is responsible for the attack, and is currently waiting in jail for trial.