Well & Good
Here's a selfie video that's hard to hate.
Starting in 2007 and spanning six years, Rebecca Brown's photo project is much more than a collection of selfies. Her stationary eyes stare back at you as you watch her surroundings and hairstyles change in a time lapse. As the years progress, annotations begin to pop up, coinciding with Brown's life events.
You begin to notice Brown's physical appearance worsen. Blemishes on her face fade in and out and the annotation "GSCE Exam Period, Lost Half My Hair" pops up on the left side of the screen.
Brown has an impulse control disorder called trichotillomania, a condition which causes her to pull the hair out of her head when she feels anxious. She also suffers from dermotillomania, which causes her to obsessively pick at her own skin.
As 2011 rolls around and Brown's physical condition worsens, she is diagnosed with depression, becomes suicidal and is eventually hospitalised.
Despite Brown's struggles, her selfies come complete with a smile, a slight glimmer of hope from someone who is clearly suffering. Slowly, her physical appearance begins to improve, her complexion clears and her hair looks as healthy as when she started the video in 2007 at the age of 14.
Although it's easy to recognise Brown's physical transformation throughout the four-minute clip, she says her disorder is still an everyday battle. Despite her struggle, Brown leaves some inspiring words in the YouTube comments section, reminding us that regardless of our physical appearance, it's what's on the inside that matters.
"Beauty is more than what we see with the eyes.
People are more than their conditions.
I am more than my hair and skin.
This only shows my exterior, I hope that people will check out my videos to see more of the girl inside.... in her"
This article first appeared on Mashable.com.
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