Here's How Fetty Wap Inspired This Kid To Live Without A Prosthetic Eye

18 September 2015, 16:38 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

Jayden Fetty Wap fan
Liam Dryden

By Liam Dryden

Representation matters.

The words "Fetty Wap" and "role model for a 10 year-old" don't often go hand-in-hand - but most 10 year-olds aren't like Jayden Vaden. 


A photo posted by Brenda Vaden (@anaisvaden) onSep 10, 2015 at 8:43am PDT

Jayden lost his right eye to retinoblastoma when he was only a baby, and has since worn a prosthetic in its place. But this week, his mother Brenda posted this image to her Instagram, proudly revealing that Jayden has found the confidence in himself to carry on without it. 

His inspiration? Rapper and "Trap Queen" sensation Fetty Wap.

Fetty also lost an eye at a young age, and since his rise to the mainstream earlier this year, has proudly lived without any kind of prosthesis.

"I'm not necessarily his fan (although Trap Queen is my jam), BUT today I'm his biggest fan," writes Jayden's mother Brenda on Instagram. "after weeks of asking, Jayden is venturing the world without his prosthetic. I of course am a wreck because this world can be cruel, but so proud of our Boogies."

"This young rapper unknowingly gave Jayden something we weren't able to give him-the confidence to be different- and I am grateful to him. Thanks to Fetty Wap for saying F the world this is me, and for helping make our baby boy just a little more remarkable than he already is."

After Jayden's story started picking up traction on Instagram, it caught the attention of Fetty, who left his own words of encouragement for his young fan:

 What a guy.