"Since I was 11 years old, I have lived with an inflammatory bowel disease, and I don't want to hide it away. It puts limitations on my everyday life. But instead of letting it stop me, I have chosen to EMBRACE that, and the scars the disease has left on my body!"
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I live with an intestinal disease
My jewelery should be a reminder of that – that we should rest in ourselves and all the differences that make us exactly who we are. The jewelery I have made with Sistie is a bit "crooked" and unpolished, just to emphasize that we all have some imperfections that we want to show off! So if, like me, you have a hidden illness or are hiding something, it can be shown through the jewellery.
Show me your imperfections
Signe invited 5 wonderful followers to the Photoshoot! Girls who, like Signe, also have an illness, or something else they are hiding. Visible or not. At the shoot, the girls were given the opportunity to join in and embrace their "imperfections". Meet Katrine, Signe, Pernille, Carolina and Amalie.
Signe is visually impaired and loves life
Signe is 20 years old and suffers from a rare eye disease. "My eye condition means that I can only see about 9-18% in daylight, and have trouble seeing colors and contrasts". I see a lot better in dim light, so that's why I enjoy rainy days and candlelit coziness."
My illness gives me a different everyday life in many ways, but I have chosen to see the possibilities in that, instead of the limitations. I often walk into things or say "hello" to people I didn't even know anyway, but it just gives me and the people around me a good laugh along the way.
I throw myself into a lot of crazy and cool things
Signe: When I was younger I thought it was difficult to stand out, but now I have reached a place in my life where I love to tell others why I am the way I am and show people that you can be happy, positive and fantastic, even if you have some flaws. My biggest problem is often convincing others that I am visually impaired. It might sound crazy, but it's about the fact that you can't see it in my eyes and that I throw myself into just as many crazy and cool things as everyone else. I really hope that one day there will be an operation that suits me, but I love my life as it is at the moment, and I'm just proud of that.
Meet Pernille and Amalie
Pernille : I have pigmentation spots/flaws on my body, I always felt different and really insecure about myself, especially when I was a teenager because I didn't look like all the other girls. Have always had a hard time when people have asked about it, and have always thought that people think I look different and been afraid if they would still like me.
Amalie: I am a completely "normal" 20-year-old girl. I am also a young mother, and it has left its mark on my body, which I have had to learn to accept. I have had to rediscover myself, and I am still in the process of doing so. Before, I always went into town in a low-cut blouse, short dress or tight jeans and showed off my great body. Not so anymore. Because I have got a "mother's body". on. A lovely body with stretch marks on the thighs, stomach and hips. I think it's okay to be young and have a nice loose "mom body".
I am not sad about the stretch marks, because they have given me the most. My son and a family.
I want to learn to love myself
Carolina: I don't have a physical illness, I have social anxiety. I have had anxiety for as long as I can remember and it has affected me socially, professionally and on the image I see of myself. I was bullied in primary school and this is where my anxiety started. I want to challenge myself and learn to love my body, my mind and the image of me that is far too imperfect in my eyes. By taking part in the photoshoot, I could finally show who I am and cross a huge boundary.
"I can't hear a shit"
Katrine: Since I was 7 years old, I have lived as half-deaf. You can argue that this is not particularly bad - and not at all in relation to those who are completely deaf. But it is an invisible disability, and therefore not something people notice or know very much about. I would like to draw more attention to how difficult it can be and how many bumps there can be on the road. Show others that even though sometimes I can't hear a shit, I'm just as good as anyone else.
Behind the Scenes
A little Sneak Peek from Behind the Scene at the Photo Shoot. Video by Signe Kragh.