'Every person is unique. We should all accept our bodies the way they look. Stop trying to compare yourself to other people or you’ll be doing that for the rest of your life.'
Sylvia Mac, a child burn survivor, is the founder of Love Disfigure after daring to bare her scares for the first time aged 48.
Love Disfigure is a campaign led by Sylvia in a bid to raise awareness and support those living with disfigurement and body image problems.
After being severely burnt as a child, much of Sylvia’s life has been spent trying to conceal her scars as she never believed she was beautiful. Now she looks back and realises she spent many years struggling with Anxiety, Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Sylvia wants people to feel happy and fulfilled in their own skin, no matter what.
She says: ‘If a young person is looking in the mirror and they don’t like what they see I would say to them: you’re unique, you’re beautiful, don’t think that the perfect body image can be found online – because it can’t.'