A courageous young woman who suffered severe burns in a coach crash on a trip to the French Alps has stripped down to her underwear to bear her scars for a new photography campaign.
Catrin Pugh, who lives in Chester, volunteered to be snapped by London-based Sophie Mayanne whose Behind The Scars project is attracting national media attention.
It celebrates scars of all shapes and sizes and the stories behind them and aims to challenge people’s perceptions, our sister site The Daily Post reports.
Catrin, who was 19 at the time of the crash, was left with only the soles of her feet unburned after a fireball engulfed the coach she was travelling on in the French Alps in 2013.
The 23-year-old was given just a one in 1,000 chance of survival after she was pulled from the wreck.
But after 200 operations and three months in an induced coma, she has been rebuilding her life.
She is studying an adult access course in bio-sciences and is aiming to go to university later this year to read physiotherapy.
Catrin, who grew up in Rossett, said she wanted to inspire anybody with disfigurements not to be ashamed and be more confident about their bodies.
“I heard about Sophie’s project through the charities I work alongside with, the main ones are the Katie Piper Foundation and Changing Faces, and I contacted her,” said Catrin.
“The photo shoot was last month and it was up to me how much, or how little I showed and I wanted to show it all.
“It felt good and I wanted to show that my scars are not a big deal, I see them every day and I don’t feel uncomfortable about them.
“There are people out there who may feel ashamed or embarrassed by their scars and by me showing all mine, I wanted to make them feel more confident about theirs.
“I also wanted to challenge people’s stereotypes or perceptions of people being scarred, that somehow they are bad or negative and start a conversation about it.”
Ms Mayanne is aiming to photograph 1,000 people to tell their stories through their scars and disfigurements of all shapes and sizes, whether accidental or self-inflicted.
Sophie said: “The campaign gives an unedited view of a multitude of amazing people and their scars - with a main goal of challenging people’s perceptions of the skin we’re in, and finding beauty in the unexpected.”
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