A New Exhibition Has Launched Showcasing People With Rare Skin Conditions
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A new exhibition is encouraging the world to "love the skin you are in" by showcasing beautiful pictures of men and women with rare skin conditions.
The demonstration called 'How Do You C Me Now' includes people of all ages born with rare and untreatable conditions as part of the striking exhibitions.
Models featured in the exhibition all live with potentially life-threatening skin condition called congenital melanocytic naevus (CMN)
CMN can cover up to 80 per cent of the body and presents itself in large, dark-brown birthmarks.
The exhibition - which is being supported by UK CMN charity Caring Matters Now - has been presented throughout 30 different portrait images.
Many of the models photographed for the series have never revealed their birthmarks publicly before.
The demonstration which "challenges conventional perceptions of beauty" will run for 10 days at the Oxo Tower Wharf, in London before touring globally.
A spokesperson from Caring Matters Now charity says: "People with CMN often feel isolated due to the rarity of the condition and have to deal with negative comments because of their visible difference, resulting in low self-esteem.
"How Do You C Me Now? aims not only to improve the self-esteem of the children and adults affected by CMN, but also to encourage the public to consider how living with visible differences can add to beauty rather than detract from it".
The 30 portrait images have been taken by photographer Brock Elbank, who focuses on specific physical features.
He is best known for his 'Beard' series which featured 80 bearded individuals and was seen by nearly 40,000 visitors when it was exhibited at Somerset House in 2015.
The spokesperson added: "In a world where people work hard to stand out from the crowd, 'How Do You C Me Now?' aims to celebrate diversity and educate the public about this rare condition".
The 'How Do You C Me Now?' exhibition launched at the Oxo Tower Wharf, London on 13th March with a private viewing taking place and opening to the public at 10am today.
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