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When she was three Sylvia (50) suf­fered se­vere third- and fourth-de­gree burns to her back and var­i­ous parts of her body af­ter fall­ing into a bath of hot wa­ter. It left her with scars – both phys­i­cal and emo­tional. She now runs the web­site Love Dis­fig­ure, which aims to em­power other peo­ple with so­called dis­fig­ured bod­ies by help­ing them to ac­cept them­selves. Through the protest she wanted to rep­re­sent ev­ery body type, re­gard­less of age, eth­nic­ity, dis­abil­ity, dif­fer­ences and, most im­por­tantly, size, Sylvia says. “Call­ing for di­ver­sity among all brands has al­ways been my mis­sion,” she wrote on In­sta­gram. “We’ve be­come so used to see­ing one body im­age we find it dif­fi­cult to open up our minds to want to see oth­ers. Open your eyes and heart to change.”

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