Bullied Girl Spent Years Hiding Rare Skin Condition From Strangers—Now She Models For Vogue

by Amy Paige
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Growing up, Lucy Beall would hide her body. Strangers would ask her if she had been in a “horrific accident” or “mauled by a gorilla.”

Hours after she was born, Lucy was diagnosed with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a rare condition that causes the skin to shed upon friction of any kind, resulting in painful blisters. Even the simple acts of brushing her teeth and eating can leave cuts and scrapes.

In speaking with Barcroft TV, Lucy described the social ramifications of EB: “I can’t count the amount of times I’ve been told to my face or behind my back that I’d be hot if it weren’t for my scars, or have been referred to as ‘the girl with the scars’ as though they were my only defining feature and negate all other aspects of my appearance or personality.”

Her ex-boyfriend once said he could never be attracted to her because of her skin; it got to the point where she covered up at all times, no matter what.

As Lucy grew older, however, she decided to embrace her condition and bare her skin publicly for the first time. Perhaps it would help to remove some of the stigmas attached to EB and other painful skin conditions. (Hint: It did!)

Today, Lucy goes to school at University of St. Andrews in Scotland. And now she’s proving all of her bullies wrong … by modeling for Vogue.

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