earning to love yourself and your looks is rarely a walk in the park.
Some, though, fight trickier body-positivity battles that others on the quest toward conquering self-love. Model Sara Geurts, for one, has spent years learning to feel comfortable and confident in her own skin.
Mostly because her skin is, well, a bit different...
26-year-old model Sara Geurts is quickly becoming the fashion world's new body-positive hero. Mostly because she does not look like your "average" 26-year-old.
Geurts suffers from a rare form of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Among other symptoms, the disorder has caused her skin to prematurely lose its elasticity.
She was diagnosed at age ten, but started noticing her skin sag around age seven.
For years, Geurts obsessed over ways to hide her saggy skin.
When she didn’t hide it well and people noticed, they often just thought she had endured some sort of huge weight fluctuation.
Any way she sliced it, Geurts felt totally insecure amidst peoples’ constant confusion and scrutiny.
Before long, Geurt's insecurities started creeping into other areas of her life. Relationship-y areas.
By age 23, a relationship she’d been exploring fizzled. She credited the break-up to her resistance toward conquering her shame.
She had to find a way to love her body.
Little did she know that break-up would change her life forever.
As Geurts detailed in her personal essay on The Mighty, post-break-up self reflection taught her one of the most important lessons she’d ever learn.
She didn’t have any confidence. And confidence? That’s the key.
She wrote, "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."
But how? That’s when Geurts discovered photography and modeling.
“After acknowledging the parts of myself I hated and shunned,” she wrote, “my mentality slowly began to change, and the beauty within my flaws slowly began to appear. Not only did I recognize change within myself, but I started to think more and more about photography and art. How could I use my story and revelation to help others?”
Turns out, by telling it.
Geurts finally summoned the courage to submit her story to The Love Your Lines Campaign and the campaign decided to publish her. That day she finally bore her soul to the world on their social media page will be forever etched in her psyche!