Most people are conscious of the way they look. Both the fashion and cosmetic industry are built around people’s image of themselves. 

For artist Leigh de Vries her appearance became an all-consuming obsession. Having developed BDD in her early teens, she would spend hours in front of a mirror and isolate herself in her house due to a fear of scaring people. 

While most people fantasise about changing some aspect of their bodies, people suffering from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) believe that they are so unattractive and unacceptable to others that they even avoid social interaction for fear of being ridiculed.

They begin to hate themselves. BDD has also been dubbed “imagined ugliness” and the majority of sufferers are perfectly normal-looking people who have developed a warped sense of their own image.