When she was just 10 years old, Sara Geurts was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition. The disorder is known as Dermatosparaxis Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). It slows down collagen production, which results in fragile skin with a wrinkled appearance at an early age. EDS also causes severe joint pain and brittle bones.
After receiving her diagnosis at age 10, Geurts almost gave up on her dream of becoming a model. At first, she struggled with self-acceptance. But then, she grew to love her body in her early 20s.
Now, Geurts hopes to challenge the status quo.
In 2015, Geurts submitted her story to the Love Your Lines campaign. The project praises skin imperfections. Individuals submit a picture and a story. The #LoveYourLines campaign accepted and published Geurts’ story. And it got over 20,000 notes. As a result, Geurts’ life changed.
Geurts now lives in Los Angeles. Furthermore, she will soon appear on the cover of Volition magazine.