"My name is Yseult, I am 25, I am a content creator, mainly for short films, a screenwriter and director. My difference are my teeth. Maybe it’s less noticeable now but I have a physical peculiarity, which is a very rare dental disease called amelogenesis imperfecta. It is a degenerative disease of the enamel, which is genetic and incurable, so my permanent teeth grew without enamel, all yellow, crooked and very small. Not only is it not really aesthetic but what’s worse is that it’s very hard to eat normally due to the sensitivity to hot and cold. This disease is not recognized by the medical profession at all, it took more than 10 years to diagnose it, I didn’t even know the name of it until a few years back. And since it is not covered by the medical profession, it is very complicated and very expensive. Especially the looks I got from people were very hard to deal with when I was younger because people focused on yellow teeth, called me a witch, that it wasn’t pretty etc. When you try to build yourself up as a teen you're not just teeth, you're more than that and I refrained myself from smiling for years because of that. Presently my teeth are covered, this is not the final stage yet, it is an evolution, but I deconstructed that approach to smiling. Smiling, in reality it’s the smile that’s beautiful, to smile to the fullest. Anyone is beautiful when they smile willingly and without pretending. I had to go through the covered teeth, the look of people which changed, photography did help a lot too. Most of all, what unlocked this is when two years ago, I created my short short film that openly speaks of this disease.
I never talked about it before, and it felt so good because I desecrated it and most of all I realized that people were receptive. I was afraid to inspire pity with that kind of problem, and instead of it I turned it into my strength. If I can be the spokesperson for people who can identify to me, that would be great! I would have loved when I was little to identify myself with someone who has the same problem as me and to have role models or heroines who have dental problems. Which never happens, unfortunately, and I hope that will change one day. "