Beauty

This 26-year-old model with rare skin condition is changing the modelling game

This is what I consider to be truly beautiful.

26-year-old model with rare skin condition is changing the modelling game

There's nothing better than seeing fearless women celebrate the beauty that is unique to them, and 26-year-old model Sara Geurts is schooling us in how it's done.

Geurts has a genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which slows down collagen production, making skin fragile and less supple at a much earlier age.

Her outlook, which she shares on her body positive Instagram account, is exactly what we need more of in our feeds, and an industry which can be superficial.

"Your going to meet people who are intimidated by you," she writes.

"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."

Speaking to The Sun, Guerts explained she would try to cover her skin in high school because she didn’t want to talk about it, but after years of hiding her skin, she’s finally ready to embrace her body through modelling.

In 2015, she sent her story to the #LoveYourLines campaign on Tumblr, which received thousands of incredible comments, and she also penned an essay for The Mighty, expressing all the reasons why she wishes she never felt ashamed of her skin.

"Each line holds beauty, and is beautiful in its own way,” she wrote.

“No one else carries the exact lines I have, and this is what I consider to be truly beautiful."

“My goal is to shed light on the unhealthy mindsets we currently have within the fashion and modelling industry today. I believe the scars and discrepancies we have are reminders to the world of what we have been through as individuals. We should not be urged to “cover them up” or “remove them” but instead glorify them.”

We can't wait to see more of this babe.