Most of us surely have something to dislike about our own body - whether it be chubby thighs, jelly belly, the presence of a little cellulite, or that we're just downright, monstrous ugly.

Somehow, we often focus on these "faults" and tend to exaggerate them in our own minds - even though others see us as normal, or even beautiful.

But in extreme cases, having this distorted self-image can take its toll on your mental, physical and emotional health. At that point, this self-loathing is known as body dysmorphic disorder, which affects one in every 100 women in the UK.

Here, we have four beautiful women who have suffered from body dysmorphic disorder, with a picture that describes how they view themselves.

Racheal Baughan, 27, from Sussex, is an entrepreneur who runs her own modelling agency. She has written a book called The Butterfly Girl, about her body-image problems:


Racheal still thinks that her original picture is ugly, saying, "I feel repulsed and sick to the stomach," when she looks at it. In short: she thinks her face is hideous, "like an alien".

She had been bullied in school, and had only one friend - who passed away when she was 13. She then developed obsessive compulsive disorder, and an eating disorder. This lead to her unable to leave her house for seven years without covering her face - she even tried to cut off the fats in her legs with a knife, and took an overdose when she was 15.

Racheal eventually got better, when she got promoted to a sales role at the gym where she was working. Her mother also entered her in the Miss England pageant to show her how others viewed her. She isn't exactly cured, but this has helped her move forward in her life.


Rebecca Owen, 42, is a community support worker from Surrey. She's suffered body-image problems for 26 years.


Rebecca sees herself as fat in both images, and she hates it. She has suffered from anorexia since she was 16, which turned into body dysmorphic disorder.

She had a healthy lifestyle until she was 15, when she began to feel concerned about what being an athlete would do to her body - so she dieted and exercised. She was hospitalized several times for being underweight since she was 17.

Like Racheal, Rebecca's life took an upturn when she got a job that made her feel better. She's to start psychotherapy soon, but still suffers from her distorted self body image.


Danielle Nulty, 27, from Suffolk, is a sales representative for a food company.



Danielle only started getting obsessed with how she looks when she was 13, after her parents split up. She thought her skin was pale and wrinkled, and constantly applied make up every day.

She was diagnosed with depression, but didn't really recover, even after seeing several different doctors and therapists.

She said: "[...] the defects I'd seen before weren't so bad. Some people mistake ody dysmorpia for vanity. But it's not about wanting to look perfect, just normal so you fit in.


Cassi Jones, 17, From Surrey, is a fashion student.


She says that she doesn't like the way she looks in either photographs, and says she hates both of them.

Cassi feels like her "facial features are mixed up and need to be put back together again." She was diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder in 2007. She started being bullied at school at the age of 11.

By the time she was 13, she was obsessed wit mirrors. Although people have said she could be a model, Cassi still doesn't feel beautiful.

Four beautiful women [DailyMail]