Life in itself has never been easy for anyone, not even those born with silver spoons in their mouth; however, for persons born different, it is usually a very daunting task getting accepted into a society that hardly gives room for such persons.
But for 21year old Jeyza Gary, born with lamellar ichthyosis, a rare skin condition that causes the body to shed offs its skin every two weeks, her condition would not stop her from modeling and inspire others who were born different like herself.
Ms. Gary who currently worked with We Speak Model Management earned her first modeling campaign with Target, an American retail corporation, and the rest has since been history including modeling for Glamour Magazine.
Early Life with Lamellar Ichthyosis
Having been diagnosed with the condition at an early age, Jeyza Gary who is gradually making a global name for herself said her mother had the peculiar task of educating her colleagues at every given point in her academic pursuit.
“From kindergarten to six grade, my mum would come in on the first day at school and talk to the students about my condition. How it was not contagious to give everybody the facts that they need to be informed including teachers as well”.
Jeyza Gary Skin Condition and Modeling
Speaking in a video cited by GhanaPlus.com, in which the young model shared her skin condition and her modeling career with the world, Jeyza said she does not want her skin condition to be the focus of her life story.
“I have a skin condition which is very rare, I don’t want it to be the focus of everything that I do, I don’t see myself as a victim but a victor”.
She indicated that he had been able to use her platform as a model to create awareness of the condition, an achievement which probably wouldn’t have been possible if not for her skin condition.
“If I think about it, I can’t even imagine who I’d be if I didn’t have my skin condition,” Ms. Gary said.
She encouraged people to look beyond their limitations and work towards achieving their goals.
Lamellar ichthyosis, also known as ichthyosis lamellaris or nonbullous congenital ichthyosis, is a genetic disorder that causes the body to shed off its skin every 10-14 days.
The condition is said to be common among 1 in every 600,000 people.