Acne-Plagued Teen Turned YouTube Sensation and Runway Model [VIDEO]

A. Foley on 25 Sep 2012 at 9:00am


Cassandra Bankson first gained a following with a series of how-to makeup videos on YouTube, which landed her a segment on Good Morning America last year. This last Wednesday, she walked America's hottest runway - New York Fashion Week. The twist to her story? She's struggled with severe acne throughout her teen and early adult years.

During her 2011 Good Morning America appearance, Cassandra spoke about the bullies who tormented her for skin, and how she dreaded leaving her house. Rather than face it, she became reclusive and stayed in researching makeup techniques and practicing on herself. One result was the wildly successful video below - i.e. 45 million total views - in which she addresses her audience first in full makeup, then strips off the layers of foundation, concealer and powder to reveal pimples and blemishes from cystic acne.

The latest chapter in Cassandra's book - her modeling career and New York Fashion Week appearance - continues to advance her message of inner beauty. While she still regularly sees a dermatologist and, now in her second year of college, has been able to improve her skin condition, it's all about confidence. 

"Models shouldn't be modeling perfection because there is no such thing," she told reporters. "We should be modeling our imperfections." 



Have you struggled with skin issues, or had it affect your daily life? Please share your stories and treatment solutions in the comments below!