Even if progress has been made in combatting societal prejudice, there are still some who judge people harshly for how they look. Ilka Brühl can certainly attest to that, as the condition she was born with made her a target for bullies. Since 2014, however, she’s grown to accept herself – and inspire others into the bargain too.
A resident of Braunschweig, Germany, Brühl was diagnosed with ectodermal dysplasia. There are in excess of 180 variances of this particular disorder, and as such symptoms can manifest themselves in differing ways. However, those with ectodermal dysplasia may find themselves with anomalous fingernails, brittle hair, irregular teeth or an inability to sweat, for example.