For many women preventing wrinkles is top of their beauty agenda. But we could all learn a thing or two from Sara Geurts, who’s not just accepting her wrinkles but positively celebrating them.
The 26-year-old model has a rare skin condition, which causes her skin to wrinkle and prematurely age. But the body positive activist has learnt to love the skin she’s in and now she wants to encourage others to do the same.
When she was 10, Sara was diagnosed with a condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which is a series of connective tissue disorders than can affect bones, blood vessels, and skin.
The disease causes Sara’s body to have problems producing collagen, a structural protein that helps keep skin firm and elastic. This has meant she’s developed wrinkles on her skin way earlier than usual.
And it hasn’t always been easy to deal with.
“I wasn’t bullied and my family and friends were very supportive, but I hated my skin,” she told The Sun about how it felt growing up with EDS.
It was going through a tough breakup when she was 22 and the resultant support system she discovered that actually became a trigger for looking at her body in an entirely different, much kinder way.
Now, she literally oozes body confidence and she’s using her new-found social media presence to tear down beauty boundaries, one Instagram post at a time.
“You’re going to meet people who are intimidated by you,” she wrote on Instagram recently.
“You’re different. People don’t know how to react or how to accept someone who doesn’t follow the crowd. They are not used to someone who doesn’t try to fit in. So instead of bolstering your uniqueness, they’ll try and make you feel like you’re weird or damaged. I’m here to offer some well earned advice: Screw them.”
We couldn’t have put it better ourselves!
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