Acne-ridden teen who made YouTube video about hiding her spots lands new career as a model at New York Fashion Week
Lucy Waterlow and Sadie Whitelocks
22:12 GMT, 11 September 2012
A teenager who endured years of bullying over the severe acne marking her face has had the last laugh after being booked as a model at New York Fashion Week.
Size 4 Cassandra Bankson shot to fame last year
after releasing a ten-minute YouTube video revealing the special make-up
tricks she used to hide her spots.
But now after conquering her skin condition with the help of a dermatologist, the 5ft 11in brunette's confidence has returned and she is set to hit the catwalk showcasing items from U.S. label Boy Meets Girl's spring / summer collection.
Model looks: Cassandra Bankson, who endured years of bullying over the acne which covered her complexion, is set to star at New York Fashion Week, walking for U.S. label Boy Meets Girl.
… the make-up tricks she shared in her YouTube video, have meant she has become a model
Until recently Ms Bankson,19, from California, was so ashamed of her looks she had stopped attending
school to avoid the constant heckling.
But thanks to her YouTube video which has attracted almost 40 million hits worldwide, she has been signed up by a number of modelling agencies across the U.S. posing for brands including Bebe and Range Rover.
Commenting on her first runway assignment, she told the New York Post: 'It feels like a dream to be here during Fashion Week… I am a different person from who I used to be because I’ve got so much more confidence now,'
Here to help: The teen wanted to show others that there is hope if you have bad skin…
Ms Bankson, who was diagnosed with
cystic acne at 14. says her skin condition is about 70 per cent improved
since she first hit the web.
Since posting her YouTube video she has shared more of her tips on her You Tube channel
'diamondsandheels14' and via a blog. Her dream is to create her
own skin care range.
said the response to her first video was overwhelming. 'It was a real
eye opener,' she told Good Morning America. 'It (acne) is such epidemic
for adults as well as teens.'
the start of her video, which was shot in her parent's lounge,she is seen wearing full make-up and looking picture-perfect. It's
only as she starts stripping back the expert layers of primers,
foundation, powders and setting sprays, that the true extent of her
pimpled and blemished skin is revealed.
It feels like a dream to be here during Fashion Week… I’ve got so much more confidence now
teen, a horse-back riding and hiking fan, returns to the camera in a
bathrobe at her 'most insecure,' with bare skin and looking a very
really disgusting,' she admits, adding 'this is probably the most
nerve-wracking thing I could possibly do because it is my biggest
insecurity… But this is my face.'
She goes to show the extent of the problem as the acne has spread to her neck, shoulders and back.
It is a far cry from the modelling
portfolio shots that can be seen on her YouTube channel, where the
striking brunette lounges on car bonnets, takes to the catwalk and poses
in cut-out swimsuits with flawless skin.
The teen, then takes viewers on a step-by-step lesson on how to achieve her look by applying foundation.
Lotions and potions: Applying a mutitude of different cosmetics, the teen carefully covers her scars and spots
'I have extremely oily skin,' she says, giving tips about the primers and oil-reducing tricks.
Applying liberal amounts of
cosmetics, Ms Bankson seems well ahead of her years, confident and
knowledgeable about the complex potions upon which she relies.
She is frank, even wry, about her spots: 'I always carry everything down my neck because, well, I have acne there.'
has become something of a skin expert, with other videos explaining the
physiology of skin and acne and the treatments that best target the
By the end of the video, Ms Bankson is transformed – her flawless complexion giving no hint of the severe breakouts
I have somewhat clear looking skin,' she tells the camera. 'I hope that
you guys enjoy this. I hope you can have flawless skin too.'
Ms Bankson will star at the Boy Meets Girl show tomorrow at STYLE360 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea.
Fresh-faced: The lesson almost complete, Cassandra demonstrates the art of clever make-up use
Beauty guru: In other films, Cassandra addresses 'contouring and shading' and teaches about acne formation. She shows her modelling portfolio in another, and would like to become a dermatologist