Woman called the Hunchback of Notre Dame because of curved spine wins award for portrait
A WOMAN who was called the Hunchback of Notre Dame because of her severely curved spine has been presented with an award by Professor Stephen Hawking for her inspiring self-portrait.
Rebecca Dann, 22, suffers from a condition called Kyphoscollosis, an abnormal curvation of the spine.
She was first diagnosed with the condition when she was a child and at worst her badly twisted spine left her unable to walk unaided.
For years the pretty photography student, 22, grew her hair and hid her body behind baggy clothes in a bid to hide her disability and be seen as normal.
My spine is so sensitive that if I hit it, it paralyses me, and I never know how long for
Marie Claire – Australia
Stephen Hawking Presents Rebecca Dann With Award For Inspiring Portrait Showing Her Disability
She aims to change the way the public perceives disability.
Art student Rebecca Dann from Farnborough, Hampshire was presented with an award by Professor Stephen Hawking for her powerful portrait showing her disability.
Dann suffers from Kyphoscollosis, which has left her with a badly twisted spine and makes it difficult for her to walk.
Like anyone else, she wants to find love, and opened up to News.com.au about the difficulties that came with going on dating websites with her condition.
“When I uploaded photos just of my face with no indication of a disability I got lots of matches instantly and guys wanted to speak to me.
“As soon as I disclosed I had a disability they would disappear.”
Her experience with this inspired her to make the project, and to educate others on her condition. Rebecca Dann wrote on her website that she hopes to change the public’s perception of people living with disabilities through the project, aptly titled ‘I’m Fine’.