repost via @instarepost20 from @themustardseedng Meet Sara Geurts. A 26-year-old with a rare skin condition that caused her to get wrinkles at a young age, opens up on how she learned to love her body, and her message is powerful.
When she was 10, Sara Geurts was diagnosed with a condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which is a series of connective tissue disorders that can affect bones, blood vessels, and skin. The disease caused Guerts' body to have problems producing collagen, a structural protein that serves many purposes, including keeping skin firm and elastic. This has resulted in full-body "wrinkles." Geurts started a popular body positivity project called The Love Your Lines Campaign, and was the subject of a short film, but she says it took a long time for her to gain her current confidence. In an essay for The Mighty , Geurts opened up about how a failed relationship in her early 20s caused her to think about how her body image problems were affecting herself and those around her. "Upon serious self-evaluation, I realized my insecurities caused me to lack any confidence, which had an impact on all of my social and personal relationships," she wrote . "I observed that hating certain parts of myself and body triggered my unhealthy mindset, which others sensed as well."
Instead of hiding who she was, Geurts decided to take up photography and modeling to help expand what the fashion and beauty industries deem beautiful. "I aim to break society’s transparent barriers of perfection. Barriers that subliminally tell us all to be perfect in all aspects of life, work, social and personal interactions," she said . "'Be this skinny and you’ll be happy,' 'Buy this and you’ll be happy,' 'Look this way and you’ll be happy.' Really? It is the imperfection that makes us perfect and is where true beauty lies. A reminder we all need: love your body, love yourself, be gentle with your body, be gentle with yourself." #selflove #motivation #confidence #model #fashion #beautiful #health #sunshine #lifestyle #love #beautiful #themustardseed