26-year-old model with rare skin condition learns to embrace her wrinkles

July 13, 2017 10:50 am Last Updated: July 13, 2017 10:50 am

 

Society has told us that our skin should be perfect and we have to look a certain way in order to be considered “beautiful.” There are countless cleansers, creams, and procedures out there that claim to help a person slow down or even prevent the signs of aging. The problem is that everyone ages, it’s completely natural, yet some people will do anything to stop it because they want that “perfect” skin.

When Sara Geurts was 10 years old she was diagnosed with a rare skin disorder, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). EDS is a genetic disorder that affects a person’s connective tissues. Often times patients will have extremely fragile and stretchy skin and very flexible joints. Her skin was far from society’s idea of “perfect.”

“In high school, I just tried to cover it up,” Geurts told The Sun. “I didn’t want anyone to ask me questions about it. I didn’t want to talk about it.”

Geurts, now 26, has lived with EDS for most of her life, but only now is she embracing it.

She told The Sun that although she was extremely insecure about her skin, she wasn’t bullied. In fact, her friends and family were very supportive of her while she grew up. Although she did mention that she tried her best to cover herself up all the time to prevent questions.

When Geurts was 22 years old she went through a rough breakup and as cliché as it sounds, for Geurts, when one door closed another one opened.

“This would be one of my greatest lessons ever learned,” the 26-year-old wrote in a post for The Mighty.

It was because of a difficult breakup that Geurts learned to loved her body.

Following the breakup, she took time to reflect on her attitude towards her body and realized it was because of her insecurities that she lacked confidence.

“I promised myself from then on I was going to be true to myself, love my body, love my disorder and most importantly, love myself,” she wrote.

Geurts chose photography as a way to appreciate what makes her different, but that wasn’t enough. She wanted to do something more. Geurts wanted to be able to use her rare skin condition to help others.

With the help of a photographer friend, Geurts started to get into modeling.

Now, after she has become more comfortable in her skin, she wants to show it off in the hopes that her appearance will help others who struggle with self-love. She wrote in her post on The Mighty,

“I am not ashamed, nor do I try to hide it anymore. I may have a disorder, and yes, my disorder is a part of me, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. My physical discrepancies are gentle reminders of the fighter I am. My lines make me, me. Each line holds beauty, and is beautiful in its own way. No one else carries the exact lines I have, and this is what I consider to be truly beautiful.”

And it appears that her dreams of becoming one of the first models with EDS might not be too far off. In a recent post on Instagram, Geurts announced Volition, a bi-monthly magazine that is “a place for the creepy kids to call home and to inspire others to follow their hearts,” contacted her to be a part of an upcoming issue.

Her mission: inspire others to love themselves for who they are.

BOOOKED FOR L.A. AUG 3 – 8TH!! I am sooo ecstatic to announce I have been contacted by Volition Magazine to be featured in their next Fall Issue!! "VOLITION is a Bi-Monthly, 250+ page, full-color High Fashion & Art Publication based in Los Angeles. It is our goal to create a place for the creepy kids to call home and to inspire others to follow their heart." For those that don't know, LOOK EM UPP, GIVE EM A LIKEE👍👍& vibe out with their creative vision. I CANNOT WAIT TO BE BACKK IN L.A & hope to do some networking out there as well! Thaaank you all for your lovee and support, ill be sure to keep you all postedd! Thank you thank you & we can only go upp from here! ☝❤💞 • • • • • • • #week #tuesday #photoshoot #photograpy #venicebeach #losangeles #california #ehlersdanlosawareness #ehlersdanlossyndrome #effyourbeautystandards #inmyskiniwin #mybeautymyway #loveyourbody #loveyourlines #selflove #nowrongway #beyou #bebeautiful #perfectlyimperfect #blessed #inspire #beauty #embrace #happy #vibes #sorrynotsorry #real #model #wlyg #weloveyourgenes

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