I can’t quite believe that this is the tenth instalment in my How Do I Look? series. I have been talking about rosacea on my blog and social media for 6+ years and feel so passionately about skin positivity and diversity in the appearances we are shown in the media and what is considered ‘attractive’. So I wanted to use my platform, privilege, and reach to educate people and amplify the voices of others. So far I’ve spoken to people with acne, psoriasis, scars, eczema, hair loss, and birthmarks – all posts are linked at the very bottom of this post – and today I have a new story for you.
I’m so pleased to share my interview with Shankar Jalota, better known online as The Vitiligo Man. He was amazingly open with me, covering make up, mental health, and the media representation of vitiligo. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.
I can’t quite believe that we’re already on interview 8 of the ‘How Do I Look?‘ series. I started this series because I was so disappointed in the lack of representation of skin differences in the media, at the lack of information and support out there. But you can’t complain about something if you’re not willing to do something to change it. For the past 6 years I have used this blog to talk about my rosacea but I wanted to open the conversation about skin positivity and visible differences so I can cover (and learn about) lots of different topics. Every week I talk to an inspirational and interesting person in order to share their story and experiences to educate, help, and support others.
This week’s interview is with Grace Latter, a wonderful woman that I’ve followed on Instagram for years. She is an incredible body positivity advocate, a talented writer, a model, and all-round excellent human. She talked to me about her scars: one from a brain tumour and another from major surgeries on her intestines.
I am really enjoying writing this new blog series, How Do I Look? I’m learning so much about different skin conditions and visible differences, and that’s completely down to the honesty and openness of the people I’m interviewing. I’ve been banging the skin positivity drum for a while, starting with my own experiences with rosacea, but every week I am going to be talking to a different inspirational and interesting person, sharing their story and experiences to help and support others.
Today’s interview is with Amara, who has eczema. Amara is a journalist and we first ‘met’ when she interviewed me for a piece on rosacea a few years ago, and we bonded over the lack of media representation of people with anything less than perfect skin. I love following her on instagram as she not only shares candid updates on her skin, as well as the emotional impact it has on her, but she also doesn’t let her skin dictate her amazing outfit choices.
Welcome to another How Do I Look? interview! I am fascinated by skin, visible differences and how others view themselves. I have rosacea but I wanted to open the conversation about skin positivity and visible differences so I can cover (and educate myself about) many different topics. Every week I am going to be talking to an inspirational and interesting person in order to share their story and experiences to educate, help, and support others.
August is Psoriasis Action Month – the name changed from Psoriasis Awareness Month a few years ago and I LOVE it. I actually wrote a post about rejecting the word ‘awareness’ for this year’s Rosacea Awareness Month so maybe this is a sign of things to come for other conditions! I am so pleased to introduce you to the amazing Gemma Boak. I discovered her through Instagram (although weirdly we went to the same school and I was friends with her sister many moons ago… *starts humming ‘It’s A Small World After All’…) She is a former research scientist, with a speciality in Immunology, and a lifelong ‘Psoriasis warrior’. She blogs and podcasts about her psoriasis and gives amazing helpful, knowledgeable, but (most importantly) accessible information to her followers.
I hope you’ve been enjoying my new blog series, How Do I Look? For the past 6 years I have used this blog to talk about my rosacea but I wanted to open the conversation about skin positivity and visible differences so I can cover (and learn about) lots of different topics. Every week I am going to be talking to an inspirational and interesting person in order to share their story and experiences to educate, help, and support others.
Today’s interview is with Amy, who I first discovered when we appeared on Katie Piper’s Face to Face (although sadly we didn’t get to meet in person). She does so much to raise awareness of Port Wine Stain Birthmarks and her make up skills are unparalleled! I hope you enjoy this interview – if you do I would appreciate if you shared it with a friend or on social media. Anything you can do to help spread the skin positivity word is such a big help – after all we can’t change the way the world sees visible differences without being visible!