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It takes a lot of courage to shed a part of one's life and leave it behind. But Rhiannon White did it. She has suffered from psoriasis for most of her life which once covered her entire face and 80 percent of her body. But dancing has given her the confidence to bare her body, and this is a story that you ought to check out!
Rhiannon White has suffered from psoriasis for most of her life, which once covered her entire face and 80 percent of her body. Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition characterized by red flaky lesions covered with silvery scales which Rhiannon developed aged nine around the time her parents got divorced. University of West England graduate Rhiannon, 24, said: "I guess the stress of the divorce caused it but I was never bothered about it. "I used to tell people my ears were coming off. The fact that I was such a laid back child meant I never let it get me down."
Rhiannon has always been confident, even at school, although she was covered in red marks. She never let them make her feel uncomfortable. She said: "Even if I'd had a particularly flaky day I might have kept a bit quieter, but I didn't tend to cover up loads as the sun is good for it. Plus I'd get too hot. "One boy I knew would sometimes say, 'Why is your face falling off?' but he was like that with everyone." She wanted to join the Air Force, but that required her to remain symptom free for five years.
She started pole dancing at the age of 20, but regrets not having started earlier. "People with skin conditions might feel quite vulnerable doing pole because you have to expose your skin to grip the pole. "But I love it. "I've met a lot of people who have got so much body confidence from pole. "They've told me they would never have had the confidence to walk round in just shorts and a crop top were it not for pole dancing," she says.
"When I started pole the lesions weren't as bad as it used to be. "There were just bits on my elbows and face, so I didn't have to worry about putting cream on and not sticking to the pole. "I've found my pole dancing family are so supportive. "We look after each other. "We're there for one another – anything goes really. "You can learn something from everyone and people are always there for you," she says.
Rhiannon says she has tried "everything under the sun" to control her psoriasis including UV treatment, diet changes and soothing creams. She said: "I would say while you're young, try all the different things available to you to make it more comfortable for yourself, and most of all look after your body. "Having a healthy body means having a healthy mind." Her psoriasis is under control, but even it is to return, she says she will continue pole dancing.
In June. she won second place in The Authentic Pole Dance competition in Wigan, Lancashire, and models for pole dance clothing brand Sway.