How psoriasis warrior Isabél Utterson battled through the anger of developing a chronic illness to become a paragon of body confidence.

HEALTH & WELLBEING

BEING HUMAN: ISABÉL UTTERSON

Words JoJo Silva

Photography Hannah Layton

Direction & styling Madalena Hernandez

Assistance Imogen Chong & Maxine Ntambwe

On a platform synonymous with artificiality, Isabél Utterson's story is one that certainly stands out amongst the sea of sameness – her Instagram page @izzyutterson is a brutally honest and authentic journey of self-love that we all need in our lives. Battling with psoriasis – a chronic autoimmune disease which causes visible damage to the skin – Utterson urges fellow psoriasis warriors to #getyourskinout, and offers non-sufferers an insight into the daily struggles of living with this condition. 

While the psoriasis causes considerable physical discomfort, beneath the surface it is equally as damaging, eating away at the afflicted's self-esteem. Twenty-two-year-old Utterson, currently part of the social media team at Charlotte Tilbury, was diagnosed with the condition aged twenty-one. "Initially, I tried to hide my skin", Utterson explains, "but there came a point when it got so awful that I couldn't, and I realised I didn't want to anyone to feel the shame I did".

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