In a society that often equates youthful looks with beauty, it would be very easy for Sara Geurts to feel like she was dealt a crappy hand.

While the Los Angeles resident isn’t what anyone would consider old, as she’s only 26, her skin tells a different story. That’s because at 10 years old, she was diagnosed with Dermatosparaxis Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare connective tissue disorder that prevents the body from producing enough collagen, the protein that makes our skin strong and gives it elasticity.

As a result, Geurts’ skin sags and she has premature wrinkles.

While she tried to hide it by covering up her body in high school…

…she’s grown to love every inch of herself since then.

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