Italian beauty queen bares acid scars

The Italian beauty queen who allegedly had acid thrown in her face by a jilted ex-boyfriend has bared her scars on TV for the first time. 

Gessica Notaro, 27, whose ex denies the attack and is awaiting trial, appeared on Canale 5’s Maurizio Costanzo show. 

She initially covered her face with a scarf and was told by the host she could keep it on if she preferred. However the model chose to remove it, telling viewers: ‘I want you to see what he did to me. This isn’t love.’

The aquarium worker has spent two months ‘imprisoned’ in her hospital room in Cesena, Rimini, being treated for her horrific injuries after she was allegedly ambushed by bodyguard Jorge Edson Tavares.

Gessica Notaro, 27, the Italian beauty queen who allegedly had acid thrown in her face by a jilted ex-boyfriend, has bared her scars on TV for the first time

Speaking about her ordeal, she said: ‘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.’

The aspiring singer, who met Tavares three years ago when they both worked at a dolphin aquarium in her home city Rimini, could only speak to visitors through a glass window. Her mother had to be sterilised before entering the room.  

Now, she faces a year-long wait until she is well enough for plastic surgery, spending £600 a month on medication, eye drops and lotions, to subdue her pain. Meanwhile Tavares, who denies the attack, is in prison awaiting trial.

Speaking last week on her return from hospital, Gessica, 28, told MailOnline: ‘I did my own two months of prison. I can’t live life as I used to. I can’t go out in the sun, am constantly trapped in this mask and my face hurts all the time.

Happier times: Gessica met Tavares, pictured with her, three years ago when they both worked at a dolphin aquarium in her home city Rimini. He denies the attack and is awaiting trial

Speaking about her ordeal, she said: ‘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’

The aspiring singer met Tavares three years ago when they both worked at a dolphin aquarium in her home city of Rimini

The aspiring singer, who first appeared on the show wearing a scarf over her face, could only speak to visitors through a glass window

She explained how she has to spend all her money on medication – every half hour she needs eye drops and has to moisturise her skin constantly

Maurizio Costanzo said she could leave the scarf on but she decided to remove it to show people the extent of the attack

Beauty: Gessica, 28, pictured at an aquarium where she worked, alleges that her former boyfriend, bodyguard…

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