26-Year-Old Model With Rare Skin Condition Is Changing The Way We Think About Beauty

"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," says the activist.

Society incessantly pounds in the message that both males and females are never good enough. Women need to shave, change their hair, lose weight, and clear their skin, and men need to bulk up, don thick hair, and smell like a Greek God to attract women. The perpetuated notions which fuel a billion-dollar industry may result in temporary ego boosts, but ultimately, they are damaging to the human psyche. Fortunately, some people are beginning to speak out against the consumerism ploy, and one such individual is Sara Geurts.

At just 10 years of age, Geurts was diagnosed with a rare skin condition called Dermatosparaxis Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). The connective tissue disorder inhibits the body’s ability to produce collagen and, as a result, makes Geurts look a lot older than she actually is.

As you can see for yourself, the 26-year-old appears to have aged prematurely. However, she is still extraordinarily beautiful and doesn’t believe she has anything to be ashamed of. In fact, one of her goals is to empower other individuals to embrace their “imperfections” and feel beautiful no matter what.

“My skin was my biggest insecurity,” says Geurts 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.”

Bored Panda reports that Geurts is originally from Minnesota but now lives in Los Angeles. Part of her mission is to promote new beauty standards and inspire others to love themselves. She recently wrote on Instagram:

“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… 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.”

Geurts first attracted the public’s attention in 2015, after submitting her story to the Love Your Lines campaign. The project praises women’s imperfections, and her personal submission received over two million views. 

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

Credit: Sara Geurts

EDS is a connective tissue disorder the affects her body’s ability to produce collagen

Credit: Sara Geurts

She was diagnosed with EDS at 10-years old

Credit: Sara Geurts

As a result, the 26-year-old looks MUCH older than she actually is

Credit: Sara Geurts

She first started embracing her wrinkles at age 22 or 23

Credit: Sara Geurts

Now, she loves and accepts herself and wants other women to do the same

Credit: Sara Geurts

The model is determined to show that she has nothing to be ashamed of

Credit: Sara Geurts

And wants to change “normal” beauty standards so every human feels proud of their body

Credit: Sara Geurts

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

Credit: Sara Geurts

“Each imperfection you have is individual to you”

Credit: Sara Geurts

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

Credit: Sara Geurts

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

Credit: Sara Geurts

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

Credit: Sara Geurts

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

Credit: Sara Geurts

Watch the video below to learn more:

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