Whether it’s dad’s eyes or mom’s nose, it’s always interesting to see which physical characteristics baby inherits. And one South Dakota baby is making headlines for a trait as enduring as it is unique: a streak of white hair that’s been in her family for at least four generations of women.
MilliAnna, 18 months, has a large patch of white right in the front of her dark curly hair. It’s been there since she was born, and her mother, Brianna Worthy, sports the same exact one.
“My whole life growing up, I took it as a birthmark,” Worthy tells Inside Edition, adding that her mother and grandmother have the same distinct feature. The trait may go back even further, but because Worthy’s grandmother was adopted, the family doesn’t know.
This “birthmark” has a name: poliosis circumscripta. Caused by a lack of pigment in affected hair follicles, it manifests itself as a patch of white hair. Poliosis can be caused by several genetic syndromes, inflammatory conditions, even medications.
While Worthy admits poliosis wasn’t the easiest to deal with during her younger years, she wants MilliAnna to know she’s learned to love her birthmark.
“I’m going to tell her, ‘you’re unique, you’re pretty, you’re beautiful,'” Worthy says. “In elementary school, kids are a little harsher, but when you grow up, it becomes cool.”