A woman with a rare genetic disorder is modelling to challenge beauty standards

Narjas Zatat@Narjas_Zatat
Friday 23 June 2017 12:45
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Sara Geurts was born with rare genetic condition that's given her excess, fragile skin, and she has started modelling to challenge beauty standards.

The 26-year-old model was diagnosed with the connective tissue disorder Dermotosparaxis Ehlers-Danlos (EDS) when she was just 10 years old.

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Speaking to Barcroft TV, she said:

In high school, I just tried to cover it up. I didn’t want anyone to ask me questions about it. I didn’t want to talk about it. I’d say my biggest insecurity was my skin. From being out in public to wearing tank tops, dresses and shorts – as I got older it just kind of started to show more and more.

I wasn’t living back then.

At the age of 22, she said she learned to love her body.

The uniqueness, and the rarity and the way the lines form and just the art that is made from just the patterns that are there, it’s amazing. And it makes me so sad that I looked at it as this ugly thing at one point in time.

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Geurts' girlfriend Bri Berglund says she doesn't see the disability, and says she is "beautiful the way she is."

Bri Berglund, Sara Geurts' girlfriend(Barcroft TV/screengrab)

She’s really come out of her shell and she’s done so many things, and so many opportunities have come from her modelling and she’s just so amazing and I’m so proud of her. I can’t even imagine her not modelling because she’s so amazing at it.

Geurts hopes that, by modelling, she can “break” society’s beauty standards.

[I want to be] the face of EDS and raise awareness as it is one of the most undiagnosed disorders out there.

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