They said my disease made me ugly — and now, I’m a lingerie model
This model loves the skin she’s in — although it was a journey getting there.
Lucy Beall-Lott has a rare condition called recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa — one in every 20,000 people is born with it. Even gentle friction shreds her skin, leaving her with blisters and wounds.
The 19-year-old needs to consistently protect her skin with bandages to prevent infections.
“If I don’t lance, drain and clean any blisters, they will continue to grow and get really big,” Beall-Lott, who lives in Fife, Scotland, tells Caters. “If the area isn’t treated, I will have a big open wound.”
Growing up, Beall-Lott was regularly bullied for her skin condition, which she’s had since birth.
Strangers would asked if she was “mauled by a gorilla” or if she had suffered a horrific accident.
An ex once told her that he could never be attracted to her because of her skin.
Their words hurt, but also made her determined to prove them wrong. In 2016, she began a modeling career in front of the camera.
“When I was asked to do a lingerie shoot, I did think back to [my ex’s] comment that I could ‘never be attractive,’ ” says Beall-Lott, who recently hit the catwalk for lingerie brand Label Press.
Her love life’s also in a much better place. A year into her modeling career, she met Douglas Boler, now 19, who she says has been “supportive and understanding” about her condition.
“We are more than our appearances, and I am lucky to have found someone who realizes that,” she says.
Beall-Lott hopes to use her modeling platform to show people that beauty is more than skin-deep.
“After photo shoots, people tell me how proud they are of what I’m doing — not just students, but fashion designers, too,” she says.
“It shows how much my mindset has changed and [my] body confidence has grown.”