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We're all different - so why should we hide it?

Posted on 16 September 2019 by Helen Eadie

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A teenager who was bullied for not fitting in has started a clothing and accessories range to encourage others to be comfortable in their own skin.

Lauren Matthews, 18 has autism and her younger sister has TS.  For a long time Lauren struggled with feeling different to her peers, and was bullied at school for not fitting in.  At her lowest point Lauren felt suicidal, but with support and determination she has changed her life around in three years, and is now running her own business designing and selling clothes which celebrate difference, emblazoned with messages of support and hope.

Lauren says "it's OK to be yourself and truly embrace and express yourself freely, because anyone who tells you you're wrong, that says more about them then it ever would about you."

Lauren's business is called Obsydian and this year she launched a t-shirt for Tourettes Awareness week, of which all profits were donated to Tourettes Action.              

You can hear some of Lauren's story in this short BBC clip


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