This woman is 26, and she is on a mis­sion to re­de­fine beauty

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Ab­hi­nav Verma ab­hi­nav.verma@htlive.com

Beauty means many things across cul­tures. As­pir­ing Amer­i­can model and so­cial me­dia sen­sa­tion Sara Geurts has cre­ated a mean­ing of her own. The 26-year-old from Min­neapo­lis looks decades older be­cause of a rare dis­ease. Un­daunted, she has built up a huge fan fol­low­ing (12.4K) on In­sta­gram and plans to break into the big league of mod­el­ling.

Sara was only 10 when she was di­ag­nosed with Eh­lers-Dan­los syn­drome, which im­pedes the pro­duc­tion of col­la­gen (the protein es­sen­tial for good skin) and makes one’s skin sag and wrin­kle even in youth. “I no­ticed symp­toms as early as 7-8 [years of age] and it started to show more af­ter pu­berty,” says Sara, in an in­ter­view with us. At 18, her body was hurt­ing and “life started to change”.

She adds, “I don’t think ev­ery­one was open to the idea of me want­ing to be a model; even some of my old ac­quain­tances didn’t think it was pos­si­ble. It wasn’t un­til I had hit an all-time low in my life, rock bot­tom, af­ter a break up around the age of 22-23, did I re­ally an­a­lyse my mind­set, my­self, and my men­tal­i­ties. Through the ‘Love Your Lines’ cam­paign on In­sta­gram, I sub­mit­ted my story of liv­ing with Eh­lers, and the un­healthy mind­sets and re­la­tion­ships it had caused, and that’s re­ally when my mind­set changed.”

She has no qualms pos­ing in biki­nis and tank tops, and has be­come the new poster girl for the body pos­i­tiv­ity move­ment around the world. Sara says, “When in­di­vid­u­als started to reach out to me to show their love and sup­port, I knew right then and there I was on a mis­sion.”

SARA GEURTS WANTS ‘TO MAKE SURE THAT EV­ERY IN­DI­VID­UAL KNOWS THEY ARE BEAU­TI­FUL, NO MAT­TER WHAT SO­CI­ETY TELLS THEM’

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