Teen with rare condition challenges beauty standards

Body-Positive Teen With Rare Condition Challenges Beauty Standards
Teenager Isa-Bella Leclair, whose leg grew to twice its normal size, is inspiring body positivity by posing in a bikini in spite of her condition.

Isa-Bella, 19, was born with a genetic condition called Parkes Weber Syndrome, which caused her right leg to swell.

The college student's leg grew to weigh around 40lbs - leaving her unable to play most sports or wear tight-fitting jeans.

However, the inspirational teen is now out to challenge modern beauty standards by showing her confidence in her body.

Last month she won a title in a beauty pageant in her hometown of Campbellton, New Brunswick in Canada which she hopes will raise awareness about her condition.

Body confidence

Isa-Bella said: "My condition doesn't define me and there's no way I would let it stop me from wearing a cute swimsuit or a cute dress.

"For me confidence is the most important part because when people see someone confident in their body - even with a disability - they don't have pity but instead admiration."

Isa-Bella was born with the rare mutation of the RASA-1 gene causing the lymph nodes in her leg to malfunction.

There is hope for the management of her condition. A three-week course of lymph draining massages with a physical therapist has yielded promising results, reports the Daily Mirror.

Isa-Bella said: "I have been wearing a compression bandage to push the lymph fluid back up into my body where the lymph nodes work normally.

"The plan is to continue the compression garments to further reduce the swelling."
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