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Series 9: 8. Changing the Face of Beauty



In this revelatory documentary, three young people are determined to change our perception of beauty. As there is ever more pressure to look a certain way, Kimran, Lois and Rafi are on a mission to question the meaning of beauty.\n\nKimran is a 12-year-old identical twin. She and her sister are identical in every way but one - Kimran has vitiligo, a skin condition where white patches develop on her body and hair due to a lack of pigment. She has been bullied because of this and even used make up to cover up her vitiligo in a bid to fit in. But now, Kimran wants to change people's preconceptions about beauty. She meets Nile, a successful fashion model with vitiligo who gives her the confidence to embrace her condition and put herself forward for a test photoshoot with a model agency.\n\nWe also meet Rafi who was 12 when he suddenly collapsed with a brain haemorrhage whilst playing in his garden. He was rushed into intensive care and unable to speak or move for months. He is now 17 and not only has he relearnt how to walk and talk again - he has also embarked on a career in modelling. In a moving sequence we see him take to the catwalk at a charity fashion show, five years to the day since his brain haemorrhage. Determined to pursue his modelling career, he visits the head office of major fashion retailer Boohoo, and asks if they would consider someone like him to be the face of their brand. Will they embrace him as a disabled model or turn him away?\n\nTen-year-old Lois is also disabled but she too is challenging what is the norm when it comes to beauty and we follow her as she realises her dream of modelling for a top high-street brand.

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