It’s caused by a rare genetic quirk
When expecting a baby, couples often fantasize about whose nose or eyes the child will have. But all Brianna Worthy, 23, from Ridgeland, South Carolina, hoped was that her first child, MilliAnna, was born with a distinctive family trait: a streak of white hair just above the forehead. 18 months ago, Worthy’s dream came true.
MilliAnna joins her mother, grandmother, Jennifer, 41, and her great-grandmother, Jaonne, 59, as the fourth generation of her family with the striking trait. But this genetic anomaly may go back even further down the family line. “We are unsure how far back the birthmark goes as my grandmother was adopted as a child and hasn’t met her biological family,” Worthy told The Daily Mail.
The streak of white hair is caused by poliosis, a genetic abnormality that creates a lack of pigment in the scalp, resulting in snow-white hair. “I was hoping she did have it,” Worthy said. “My younger sister that my mother had a few years after me didn’t get it. So I didn’t know if MilliAnna was going to, but once I had her, and they laid her on my chest, and I saw she had it I was so happy.” Although the family is proud of their unique trait, at times, it can be an inconvenience. “We definitely get stopped a lot while out and about on our daily routines,” Worthy said. “The majority of the time I welcome the polite comments, and don’t mind answering the many questions. But honestly, it can be overwhelming at times.”
The Worthy family also shares a history of being bullied for their hair. “I had several names such as ‘skunk’ that kids would try to insult me with as a child,” Worthy said. “Sometimes it would bother me when I was younger, but I grew to end up really loving it in my hair and was confident that it was my own unique signature look.” Worthy hopes that her daughter grows to embrace her uniqueness as well. “I plan to raise my daughter knowing she is beautiful and special and to not listen to people mean comments at times,” she said.