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This 26-Year-Old Woman Is Changing The Way We Think About Beauty Standards
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This 26-Year-Old Woman Is Changing The Way We Think About Beauty Standards

Sara Geurts was just 10 years old when she was diagnosed with a rare skin condition called Dermatosparaxis Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a connective tissue disorder that inhibits the body’s ability to produce collagen. As a consequence, Geurts has skin that wrinkles prematurely and makes her look way beyond her years, but as you can see from these stunning pictures, the model, now 26, is determined to show the world that she has nothing to be ashamed of.

“My skin was my biggest insecurity,” she says in the video below. “But now I think it’s the most beautiful thing ever. Each imperfection you have is individual to you, and it tells a story about you and who you are, and the struggle and the journey that you have been on.”

Originally from Minnesota, Geurts, who now lives in Los Angeles, is on a mission to change the way we think about beauty standards. In 2015 she submitted her story to the Love Your Lines campaign, a project that praises women’s imperfections, and her most recent video, produced by Barcroft TV, has so far been viewed almost two million times.

“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.”

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“My skin was my biggest insecurity, but now I think it’s the most beautiful thing ever,” says Sara Geurts

She has a rare skin condition called Dermatosparaxis Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)

EDS is a connective tissue disorder that inhibits the body’s ability to produce collagen

As a consequence, Geurts has skin that wrinkles prematurely and makes her look older than she is

But the model, now 26, is determined to show the world that she has nothing to be ashamed of

She’s on a mission to change the way we think about beauty standards

“Each imperfection you have is individual to you,” she says

“It tells a story about you and who you are, and the struggle and the journey that you have been on”

“You’re going to meet people who are intimidated by you”

“You’re different. People don’t know how to react or how to accept someone who doesn’t follow the crowd”

Sara was diagnosed with the condition when she was just 10 years old

It wasn’t until she was 22 or 23 years old that she learned to embrace her wrinkles

“[People will] try and make you feel…weird or damaged. I’m here to offer some well earned advice: Screw them”

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Nadhif Ilyasa
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm tired of titles like these 'This x Is Changing The Way We Think About Beauty Standards'. It's such a cliche, she's not changing any beauty standards. Try more uplifting titles that actually convey the message you're trying to put out, maybe 'This 26-Year-Old Woman Finds Beauty in Her Rare Skin Condition, Defying Conventional Norms'.

Sarah Ngakaari Hammond
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would of changed it to something like you suggested as well. It's less tabloid clickbait sounding.

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Valentina
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love the fact that modeling is slowly moving from "being impossibly beautiful" to being body-confident and capable of accepting one's and other's diversity. What worries me though is the possible distortions that this can entail (media exploitation for sensationalism/morbid curiosity).

Sheralyn
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Unfortunately when trying to change society's view of things, there will be a certain amount of mocking and morbid curiousity involved at first. The hope is that ultimately the good message outweighs the bad and society grows better for it.

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Sheralyn
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hope she is in good health, these rare genetic disorders usually come with a lot of other crap. I wish her good health and a long fruitful life!

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Nadhif Ilyasa
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm tired of titles like these 'This x Is Changing The Way We Think About Beauty Standards'. It's such a cliche, she's not changing any beauty standards. Try more uplifting titles that actually convey the message you're trying to put out, maybe 'This 26-Year-Old Woman Finds Beauty in Her Rare Skin Condition, Defying Conventional Norms'.

Sarah Ngakaari Hammond
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would of changed it to something like you suggested as well. It's less tabloid clickbait sounding.

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Valentina
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love the fact that modeling is slowly moving from "being impossibly beautiful" to being body-confident and capable of accepting one's and other's diversity. What worries me though is the possible distortions that this can entail (media exploitation for sensationalism/morbid curiosity).

Sheralyn
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Unfortunately when trying to change society's view of things, there will be a certain amount of mocking and morbid curiousity involved at first. The hope is that ultimately the good message outweighs the bad and society grows better for it.

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Sheralyn
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hope she is in good health, these rare genetic disorders usually come with a lot of other crap. I wish her good health and a long fruitful life!

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