LONG POST WARNING ⚠️ (first, clock that fuckin highlight!!!??)
back in february i had my first outbreak of psoriasis, a genetic autoimmune disease which is characterized by patches of abnormal skin. these skin patches are typically red, itchy, and scaly. as my psoriasis got worse, extreme insecurity, depression & anxiety sank in as i realized my skin as i knew it would be “ruined” forever. i wore long sleeve shirts, hiding my skin from everybody because i was terrified of what people would think. after a couple months of crippling anxiety, i knew something internal needed to change because my skin wasn’t. i started looking for the beauty in this condition. as i started searching, i realized that i knew SO many people who also suffered from psoriasis. the more i talked about it, the more comfortable i felt wearing short sleeve shirts & showing off my skin like i had before. slowly, instead of seeing it as “ugly”, i started to see it as something special. that not many could say they had. about a month ago, @brianbrigantti reached out to me about doing a nude shoot, bearing ALL of my marks. at first i was fucking scared bc i knew what that meant. i had to face alllllllLll of my red, scaly skin. although, i am still not completely comfortable in my skin, this shoot helped me see beauty in my flawed skin.
also! since this shoot, my psoriasis has cleared up almost completely because i started taking care of my body by changing my diet, drinking habits & (i think!) loving myself better.
your flaws make you unique. find the beauty in ALL of your facets, even the ones you want to go away. pour LOVE into yourself. take care of your body. and even if you have nasty spots all over your skin, know you’re still fierce as fuck.