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Woman (26) with rare skin condition that ages her 50 years defies stereotypes by working as a model

Image: Sara Geurts/Instagram1
Image: Sara Geurts/Instagram

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A 26-year-old woman with a rare skin condition is being praised for defying stereotypes by working as a model.

Sara Geurts was diagnosed with connective tissue disorder Ehlers Danlos syndrome when she was just 10 years old, which causes her skin to wrinkle and fold in such a way that it resembles that of someone more than 50 years her age.

In an interview with Barcroft TV, Sara revealed that it took over a decade for her to accept her condition.

“It wasn’t about ’til age 22 [or] 23 that I started to look at myself and my body in a completely different way – just the uniqueness and the rarity and the way the lines form, and just the art that is made from the patterns that are there. It’s amazing,” she said.

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“It makes me so sad that I looked at it as this ugly thing at one point in time.”

Now, Sara works as a model and promotes body positivity on her Instagram account, which has over 10k followers.

“My main aspiration for modelling would be to break society’s standards, and the mentality that they have for perfection and to really show that it is your imperfections and your uniqueness that is the true beauty.”

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