Luissa rose above all the haters
Luissa Burton is a 27-year-old beauty queen and model that is sought after for her perfect figure and bright blue eyes. She’s been showing off her seemingly flawless body for ten years, and she’s certainly got a long career ahead of her. But no body is actually without flaw; Luissa was horribly bullied throughout her childhood and teen years because her skin wasn’t like that of most people.
Luissa is now using her platform to tell others that they’re beautiful just the way they are, despite what cruel bullies might say.
Luissa Burton has suffered from eczema for most of her life. The skin condition affects about 20% of the world’s children and 3% of adults. Eczema tends to lessen with age though adults can expect to have flare-ups from time to time. The condition causes areas of the skin to become red and itchy which can be quite noticeable to others.
When Luissa was a child, her classmates and even adults bullied her about her red, flaky skin relentlessly. She explained to The Daily Mail that some of her classmate’s parents even told their children not to sit near her because she was contagious, even though eczema is not a communicable disease by any means. “I’d get patches all over my body, and people would call me names like ‘leper’ and ‘lizard.’ which was horrific,” she recalls in the interview.
The bullying made her feel insecure and lowered her self-esteem throughout her younger years. She felt that she couldn’t wear anything that showed off too much of her skin because people would stare at her and make mean comments. “I just didn’t want my skin to be there anymore, I just wanted to be rid of it. With the eczema, the flare-ups come and go, and when I was younger I found it really hard to come to terms with,” the model continued.
When she was 14, she found a modeling agency that put her into pageants which helped boost her confidence — even though she was nervous about how people would perceive her skin. The stress about her appearance grew so much by the time she went to college at the University of Nottingham that she developed psoriasis on top of her previous issue.
“It was a vicious circle, because it would just make me more stressed, and that in turn would make the psoriasis worse. It almost became a personal mission, to show people that I could be a successful model despite the condition,” she explained of this difficult time.
Luissa continued entering pageants in an attempt to overcome her fears. As she gained experience with them, her stress lessened and her skin cleared up. She finally won the title of Miss Earth England in 2016.
Comfortable in Your Skin
Her crown led her to have a career as a model and spokesperson for Dermalex skin care and other companies. She’s been on the cover of several magazines and has lead fashion campaigns for many reputable companies. She also knows that she’s helping other skin condition sufferers feel good about their bodies. When she gets a flare-up these days, she has no issue with it showing!
“I often get messages from psoriasis sufferers, asking me for advice on what sort of treatments to go for and how to feel better about themselves. I love that people feel comfortable coming to me for advice, and I get a real buzz out of making them feel better about themselves. My goal is to show people that negative comments should never deter you from going out and achieving your goals, and that you should feel comfortable about who you are.”
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