As a child, Eryca Freemantle was bullied at school for being different, and remembers the constant feeling of heaviness and sadness. Home was her safe space. But when a life-changing accident left her with serious facial scarring from burns, those memories of childhood bullying came back.
After suffering a breakdown, having suicidal thoughts and finally having the courage to get therapy, it became clear that Eryca had been sexually abused as a child. She retrained as a make-up artist so that she could learn to cover her scars and then to help others transform themselves. “I have found my voice,” she says. “I know who I am. I know what I represent. I love the skin I’m in, this bald head and the scars.”