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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!

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

Wow, he skin looks like cloth - that's pretty cool

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

She sounds like a great person and I don't want to make assumptions, but... why does everyone need to post photos of themselves in their undies or bathing suits? Is getting undressed the only way to show that you are happy with yourself? Why do we need to get naked to make a statement? We're all different and we all deserve happiness. I get it. No need to get (semi) naked. What happened to class and decency? I personally think that it looks like those people who feel a need to showcase themselves overcompensate - it does not show self-confidence, it shows someone fighting self-doubt.

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

I agree to this normally, but in this case she "had to" strip down to show/give the full effect of her disorder so we can understand fully

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Revgirl2017
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why does everyone rip everything apart, from her modeling to curiosity.. hell most women would be ashamed nd hide...Not her! Go ahead girl, you're beautiful nd don't let anyone tell you different. Diversity is what the world is made of. Screw all the haters!!

David Cooke
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How about diversity of opinion? Oh, sorry. Nazi's don't like that.

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

Wow! My deepest respect for this strong and beautiful woman...

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

its so trippy. her hands are so young and when you start looking up to her torso area it starts to look like a rubber suit. amazing and beautiful. sucks to have a rare condition but bravo for embracing it and rocking it!

David Cooke
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Amazing and beautiful? Would YOU like it? No. Stop this virtue signalling garbage - you're not impressing anyone.

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

When do wrinkles mean you stop being human beings with emotions?

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

I'm sorry for her disease but my beauty standards are not changed.

Just a Purpler
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You know this is really neat, at first I was like "Oh my gosh gross!", but then after reading about her thoughts on the matter, I took a step backwards and thought, "well... but why is it gross?". It's just skin! There's no right or wrong way for it to look, if it does the job, then it's perfect! It's only the media that makes us think it should look or feel a certain way. I hope she becomes very successful so this doesn't need to look "gross" to future generations!

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

I was commenting on the "there is no right or wrong way to look." Sometimes an unusual look is a sign that something is fundamentally wrong. Your first reaction that she looked "gross" was your instinct telling you this. Personally, I do not think she is beautiful but I don't mind if you want to twist your mind into a pretzel until you convince yourself that she is. There is no accounting for taste so I wouldn't be surprised if someone did actually find her beautiful. In other news, you do not seem to know what the word "slut" means.

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

I hope she wears sunscreen. I also hope that everyone wears sunscreen.

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

People used to live in forests, not giving a single f**k about how we should look.. Now you got around every corner a f****r who believes that there are some "standards" for everything, thinking that we are evolving. This is not advancement, we are advancing on a technological level maybe, nothing more, most of us aren't behaving intelligently, we don't care about each other, humanity is dying, killed by your freaking "standards".

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

I agree with you totally. It is amazing how we judge people just based on how they look. There a plenty of "beautiful people" out there who are certainly not very beautiful on the inside and vice versa.

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

It must have been difficult, the world isn't exactly kind towards different people, but I'm so glad she's able to love herself as she is, and doesn't let anyone bring her down.

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

The way we think about beauty standards is changing more frequently than me changing shirts nowadays it seems (according to all these modeling agencies at least)

Stefanita Rares Dumitrescu
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i thought model means ... super high standards ? what's the point of it if everybody gets a point for participation?

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

Exactly. This is the everyone wins and everyone gets trophy generation. It's ridiculous.

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Arty121
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Go live your life the way you want to, do let anyone or anything hold you back. Good on you

Nadia de Matas
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's laughable the way those who cannot embrace her standard of modeling are questioning if she's a real model [couched in a compliment, of course]. Completely missing the major point that she's embracing a condition that has very difficult to her and probably won't be in mainstream modeling agencies. Glad she's not trying to hide it because I'm sure it wasn't easy to embrace it.

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

Is it just me that wants to touch it just to see what it feels like?

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

Wow she actually looked 26 in that smiling photo.

Ariadne.bat
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's like she is wearing nude clothing, it seems so much like clothing.

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

I have to say that I really like her skin, but I don't think she's a model... I might be wrong, of course!

David Cooke
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Great. I hope you get skin like that.

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

She Doesn't have wrinkles she has excess skin because eds INCREASES not decreases he collagen. So she has exceptionally stretchy skin. Not old ...

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

No, it causes the collagen to be faulty. And what that means depends on the type.

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

I think it's great for her to feel confident but, to be honest, she hasn't changed my point of view about beauty standards.

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

Wonderful to make peace with the disease. I lost a cousin who had it as well.

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

I'm approaching 60 and I'm starting to look like this... I don't know how I really feel about it. I'm glad she's ok with it! :)

David Cooke
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Take a few bikini pics and a load of virtue signalling morons will tell you have brave and beautiful you are.

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

She's not changing anything, trust me.

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

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is a battle every day, for everyone who has to deal with it. I am 100% behind photo shoots if that's what it takes to feel acceptance in one's own chronic and debilitating illness (and literally, one's own skin!). It doesn't go away, ever and we are never schooled on how to deal with chronic illnesses as a society, or as an individual. For some, this condition is fatal. For some, it is endless pain, dislocations, torn skin, ruptured organs and blood vessels. Collagen is in every tissue in the body, not just the skin. I think it would be wonderful if people used this as an opportunity to learn about something new today, not an reason to soap box about their beauty standards. I'm so proud of you girl, you should be too.

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

I think your skin, is really intriguiging! It looks like a soft, velvet covering that covers you like a really cool draping outfit.. I want to touch it. My favorite picture is the one of you in the black bra, I think it's amazing! I think, along with your mind, and face, it's one of the most beautiful things about you!

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

I too have Ehlers Danlos, but not quite as severe. She has lost weight and her skin, which had stretched, and it now folds. It's an unfortunate genetic disease which can also include very loose joints, leading to arthritis and frequent dislocation. She can have her excess skin removed through cosmetic surgery, should she choose.

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

Quite frankly, she will never be recognized as beautiful in this age of perfection. I admire her for standing her ground though as we should not judge anyone on their appearance but we do. We can't help it. We are conditioned to it since birth. We can all pretend and be politically correct and say all the right things, but we all know we are just lying to be polite. I am not writing this to offend any one or this lady. I am sure she is a terrific human being as most people turn out to be who have to work harder to gain acceptance from others. That is ok, it helps build character and strength unlike so many shallow people who are born beautiful and never have had to work to gain approval or acceptance from any one.

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

Good on her - it seems like most people live their entire lives trapped by societal expectations. She's achieved a lot - I can only imagine what else she'll achieve!

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

Go girl!! Who cares if she's a model. She's confident and that's beautiful!!

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

Purely out of curiosity but why does her torso look so much more wrinkly than her face or her thighs?

Joanna K.
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I suppose she lost weight or maybe was pregnant? But because her skin has no collagen, it's not going to get back to it's shape, not even for an inch?

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

It's crazy that she doesn't actually look old even though she's wrinkly. It looks like a suit!

Sushant Gawade
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She is beautiful. Her skin makes her look more appealing to me.

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

Maybe she just needs to eat and fill her skin out.

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

I love this! I have severe scarring all over my body (my arms are 'scar sleeves') after years of self-harm, and because I have EDS too (there are several different types - I have the most common sort, hypermobility Ehlers Danlos syndrome; EDS occurs because of issues with the collagen our bodies produce, and different issues lead to different types) I scar very badly. I am not ashamed of my scars (I do realise they are something I have done to myself so not quite the same, but still) and I really resonate with what she has said.

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

Nothing more than the Carnival Freak Show Act. Cashing in on human curiosity to see the abnormal. "Beauty? Not.

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

Nothing more than the Carnival Freak Show Acts. Cashing in on human nature's curiosity to see the abnormal. "Beauty", not.

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

Interesting. My first thought would have been that she was once morbidly obese and had lost all the weight. Hopefully no other genetic issues are involved. She's very pretty and self-confidence adds to one's attractiveness.

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

And I thought those parts of the clothes, you know, it looks like a shirt or something when you think like that...

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

Why is beauty the benchmark for self-satisfaction? The ultimate goal of our efforts? Her skin is NOT beautiful; she is not beautiful by commonly accepted standards. But who cares? Why does she feel accomplished only when she's proclaiming to be beautiful? There are standards in every facet of our lives which are agreed and accepted. Standards of conduct, requirements for practicing professions,et al. Modeling too has certain requirements that change over time but always reflect current looks. Not all people fit those requirements and that's okay. I don't so i don't proclaim my beauty and try to be a model. The real mark of maturity and successful adjustment is being comfortable and NOT trying to be something one isn't. Accept this woman's abilities, intelligence and whatever else she has to offer but let's not build up a facade that beauty is the ultimate achievement.

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

Poor woman, she has to live with that, but why she feels she needed to parade her condition and trying to convince people it's so beautiful? Most people don't care, and for the majority, at least, it's not a pleasant view at all, leave alone "changes beauty standards"

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

The real message is Awareness and Inclusion. Try to think what if all people around you have her diagnostic and her body look, how you will feel? aha!... you are different and not well fit in the "normal world". This is the real message! ...and the beauty is: she is stronger character than lot of other "normal" beauty....

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

Never heard of this syndrome. Good for her for spreading body positivity. We look like what we look like. Better enjoy your life cause you're only you once.

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

That's one brave woman but she doesn't need to model to show how beautiful she is !!

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

Whether she is a 'professional' model is beside the point!!! Who cares who she models for or if she is with an agency. She is putting herself out there to help others with the same condition and to educate people! I, for one, had never heard of this disorder. I am amazed and inspired by this beautiful young woman who is dealing with this rare disorder and can come to terms with her personal beauty. Would it be, someday, that we can all accept ourselves and realize we don't have to be some plastic, airbrushed, perfect creature. We all have scars and imperfections that have a story in our lives. Thanks to Sara for being fearless!!

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

I think she's beautiful and not afraid to embrace herself as God sees her as His piece of exquisite work, shame on all of you.

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

Is this the same "god" who tells you that gay people are deviants?

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

I am glad she is not ashamed, but that is still a sad and disfiguring condition and does nothing to change standards of beauty IMO.

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

Sorry- Tons of respect for her courage, etc. But seriously people- this is not beauty - under any definition.

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

Sara, you are gorgeous! But I think it is time you stopped calling your EDS a disorder. There was a time when diamonds with certain inclusions were called "flawed", but then they began to call them "characteristics". You don't have EDS disorder, you have EDS characteristic. Even in natural woven fabrics, you see a label that explains the so-called imperfections as natural characteristics of the material, not flaws. This is a description of art. You are a diamond.

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

You know that it doesn't just affect the skin right? Most with EDS don't have visible characteristics. This condition is ruining the lives of many people and even taking lives. It is a disorder. It may not be a disability for some people such as her but it is to many. And I doubt she's 100% healthy either. I will never call this horrible mutation anything but a disorder. I'd kill to have normal collagen and end this pain.

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

These articles claim to "break down barriers", but in reality the standards remain the same. While it's commendable of this woman to bring this condition into the light and educate people about it, I hardly think that it's changing anything at all when it comes to standards of beauty. All of the FB articles I see with DS models and plus size models and models with various types of non-standard model looks are treated like carnival freaks by the modeling industry and do a few shoots and shows and then when no one is looking, they're discarded without anyone even noticing because everyone now has the attention span of a gnat.

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

Maximum respect for her and her courage, but that's just a disturbing view, let's be honest!

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

is it just me or does it look like her skin has been photoshopped so much that her skin now resembles wrinkly plastic? Surely this can't be real. (i'm not sayin the wrinkles aren't real, just the "smoothness" if you get what i mean? It seriously looks like plastic to me).

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

Why so desperately want to be beautiful. Be unique,strong and inspiring! That condition isn't beautiful but big respect for her confidence.

Stijn V.
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

personally it doesn't make me change the way i think. She is 26? to me she looks 56. Do i really need to change my preferences because of a small minority with a skin condition? If the medical world calls it a condition, i don't see the value of trying to make it the new big thing. Not liking it is not the same as being unfriendly to a person.

Stay_B0ld
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's As if she can step right of her skin. So interesting

Diana CrunChewy Watson
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's an interesting condition. her skin isn't wrinkled in an aging sort of way, more just loose like she's wearing a skin-colored suit.

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

A disorder is nothing to be ashamed of but that doesn't mean you have to show it off as much as possible. Not everyone is beautiful.

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

She should've just stayed fat, then she wouldn't look like a 62 year-old instead of a 26 year-old....she wanted to be a skinny Instagram thot and now she looks like a bowl of wet noodles.

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

This is because of a rare type of EDS. If you read the article you'd know it's a hereditary disorder with no cure. It has nothing to do with weight and you can die from it. It's not a choice.

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

She just looks like her bodysuit is a size or two off.

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

OH MY GOD THIS CHANGED THE WAY I THINK! NOW I LIKE ONLY WOMEN WITH RARE SKIN CONDITIONS !!!

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

it looks like she's wearing a blouse, that's really interesting thing to look at!

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

Models are models for a reason. You don't hire a baker to run a kitchen. This is unnecessary over sharing. This lady needs to keep her clothes on.

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

SHE'S WEARING FLESH-MATCHED BODY CLOTHES ! You can see it in some of the pictures. Who are you trying to kid ?

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

It definitely didn't change the way I think about beauty standards. She looks like a much older lady because of her illness... so what? This fact doesn't make it pretty or anything. I'm glad she doesn't seem to be bothered by that, her attitude is indeed the best one even if it doesn't change my point of view even a bit.

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

I think she is wearing fake skin and this is fake news. If you see her body color and her hand color is not the same. Plus her hands are not wrinkled.

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

If you look closely you can see that she is wearing a fake skin. If you see her hands you can see that her hands are a whiter shade than the body tone and the hands are not wrinkled

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

If you look closely, like with medical technology, you can see the mutated genomes that make EDS possible and stop flaunting ignorance on the internet.

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Oxana Victoria
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It isn't beauty, it is illness

Mel Guess
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No she's not. That's gross.

Tyna Valentis
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5 years ago

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Will she die earlier??

Jonathan Eatsalot
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Everyone is special! (which means no one is)

Norris Brooke
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amaerica is sick with its tolerance. Ugly is ugly, fag is a fag.

Milo Rastapopoulos
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5 years ago

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Exactly. Now they're all like in Orwell's 1984... "Ugly is beautiful", "Mental desease is normality", "Truth is bigotry"...

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Milo Rastapopoulos
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Haha. She looks like an old rumpled couch cover... Or a Shar-Pei (perfect timing with her chinese face btw). But not as cute as a Shar-Pei, of course.

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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!

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

Wow, he skin looks like cloth - that's pretty cool

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

She sounds like a great person and I don't want to make assumptions, but... why does everyone need to post photos of themselves in their undies or bathing suits? Is getting undressed the only way to show that you are happy with yourself? Why do we need to get naked to make a statement? We're all different and we all deserve happiness. I get it. No need to get (semi) naked. What happened to class and decency? I personally think that it looks like those people who feel a need to showcase themselves overcompensate - it does not show self-confidence, it shows someone fighting self-doubt.

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

I agree to this normally, but in this case she "had to" strip down to show/give the full effect of her disorder so we can understand fully

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Revgirl2017
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why does everyone rip everything apart, from her modeling to curiosity.. hell most women would be ashamed nd hide...Not her! Go ahead girl, you're beautiful nd don't let anyone tell you different. Diversity is what the world is made of. Screw all the haters!!

David Cooke
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5 years ago

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How about diversity of opinion? Oh, sorry. Nazi's don't like that.

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