Meet 26-year-old model Sara. Read what she has to say about body positivity & her skin disorder below!
I’ll start out by saying I was not always comfortable with my disorder, Ehlers-Dalos syndrome(a connective tissue disorder that inhibits the body’s ability to produce collagen). My sagging skin was my biggest insecurity, amongst other side effects.
As I got older, my flaws started become more obvious. Lots of people who noticed just assumed I had gone through some sort of weight flux, which resulted in my 'stretchy skin'.
When I started my journey to self-discovery, I was struggling and I knew I needed someone to help me break through. Yasmin, my cousin, stood by me. I told her how unhappy I was, how I was having difficulty loving myself and that i also want to learn more about my disorder but I just didn’t know where to start.
Her response was what kick-started my change in attitude. She said, “This is what I have been waiting to hear for a very long time. Your disorder is beautiful. It’s what makes you, you. Only you can change your mindset and love yourself".
After a lot of self-evaluation, I realized I'd allowed my insecurities give me a low self-esteem which had, in turn, had an impact on my social & personal relationships. I observed that hating certain parts of my body triggered an unhealthy mindset.
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.
I always tell people, "Listen, 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 and Wear your stripes with pr
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