Rebecca Dann, a photography student from the U.K., used to keep her hair long and wear baggy clothes to hide the abnormal curve in her spine, the result of a condition called kyphoscoliosis. Unfortunately, that didn’t stop kids from calling her the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Now the 22-year-old has come to a point where she embraces her body, and a self-portrait Dann took that shows off her spine won first place in the World of Unfairness competition.
The photo comes from a series Dann produced called “I’m Fine.” She was inspired to shoot the revealing photos after a number of negative experiences with online dating. When she posted headshots (like the one below), she got dozens of matches:
But anytime Dann started talking about her disability, guys ghosted her. So she decided to speak up and show what it’s like to live as a person with a disability.
“I just wanted people to know that I am OK,” Dann says. “I have my disability and that’s fine. You shouldn’t be afraid for me, you shouldn’t be scared to touch me. I won’t break.”
We’re so inspired by these photos and hope they’ll encourage other people to embrace their bodies.