There are very few people in this world, if any, who can claim themselves to be entirely blemish free. No matter what type of life you have lived, it is inevitable that you will at least one scar, stretchmark, or anything else that is considered to be an “imperfection”. But whilst so many people across the planet sports scars across their body, each and every one is unique. They all have their individual story.

It is this idea that inspired photographer, Sophie Mayanne to create her project, ‘Behind the Scars’, which aims to document the beauty of human’s imperfections – which, incidentally, make them perfect.

To highlight just how incredible humans are, listen to the stories of these incredible ladies who aren’t letting their disfigurements from stopping them kick-ass…

Mayanne aims to “influence people” through the project. She hopes that her work will inspire people to embrace their scars and the stories behind them.

If you know somebody who is conscious of their scars, then share this with them…

1. Maya

“The last few months have been extremely challenging as the condition of my skin has deteriorated massively. From 18 months old, when I was diagnosed with epidermolysis bullosa to earlier this year, I was able to live an almost normal life despite my skin, it was easy to hide and easy to manage. But earlier this year it started getting rapidly worse and I am now able to do less of the things I once could.”

“My confidence and self-esteem is almost non-existent most of the time. So much of my day is spent managing my skin or being in pain from it. But now more than ever I need to remind myself that I am still the same old me. I am still beautiful and this condition that I will be lumbered with for the rest of my life does not define me as a person. It will always be a huge part of my life but I will never let it take over my life.”

2. Elijah

“In one way or another, my scars are all self-inflicted. The scars from self-harm cover the tops of my legs, and hints are on my arm. I am a trans man and started medically transitioning a year and a half ago.”

“In May 2016 I had top surgery (double mastectomy) to remove my breasts. These scars are my new chest, the chest I have always wanted. They are my gender, my identity. I can’t remember having any other chest now. I have been liberated. These scars represent so much of what I have experienced.”