August 27, 2015
People Bullied Her But This Woman With Psoriasis Fought Back In The Coolest Way!
Tired of listening to people say nasty things about her, Giorgia Lanuzza decided to fight back. The 24 year old, who suffers with psoriasis, said that after years of people poking fun and staring at her, she began to feel like a 'freak' and didn't even want to look in the mirror. For those who don't know, psoriasis presents as red, flaky patches of skin that can be made worse by stress and or heat. Most people only have outbreaks on specific parts of the body, Lanuzza says the painful patches cover close to 97% of her body. The condition first appeared when she was 13, shortly after her father passed away in a motorcycle accident. “The condition is often triggered by trauma, and when I lost my dad I felt like the world had ended. We were so close when I was growing up, and I couldn’t take losing him,” she said. “Grieving was difficult enough. Then, when these flaky patches started appearing on my skin, I had no idea what was happening.” “People would stop and stare at me in the street,” she said. “My psoriasis looks like red, raised spots and people looked at me as if I was disgusting and they might catch something.” Even after explaining that it wasn't contagious, friends and boyfriends would still avoid touching her. Lanuzza has tried to hide the condition behind long sleeves and pants. She even returned home 2 months into a 6 month trip to Thailand because she could only safely spend 10 minutes in the sun each day. Upon her return, she decided she was done with hiding. Inspired by model, Winnie Harlow (who has vitiligo), Lanuzza took to social media sharing pictures of herself that show her skin, and psoriasis, in a big way. She hopes that these photos show that her skin condition does not make her any less beautiful than anyone else and hopefully other people with psoriasis will embrace their beauty alongside her! Lanuzza plans to created a Facebook page called "Different Skin" in which people with skin conditions can share their photos and be a part of a community. “Finally, I’ve come to terms with my skin and have realized that I am beautiful,” she said. “After all these years, I finally have confidence in my own skin I want to show other women that their ‘abnormalities’ could be their strengths.” Inspiring, don't you agree? Source: Hello Giggles Lanuzza has tried to hide the condition behind long sleeves and pants. She even returned home 2 months into a 6 month trip to Thailand because she could only safely spend 10 minutes in the sun each day.