6.5 Years of Self Portraits Condensed Into a 4-Minute Time-Lapse with an Inspirational Message

21-year-old Rebecca Brown is an English filmmaker, artist and avid creator of YouTube videos. Over the past 6.5 years, she’s photographed herself almost every day, and she recently put the resulting images into a time-lapse.

But, as the video goes on to explain, this isn’t just a time-lapse showing off a myriad of physical changes throughout the years.

Brown suffers from a number of disorders as well as depression. As you watch the four-minute video, you’ll see a few of them make a cameo, both in text through annotations Brown’s added, as well as in her physical appearance.

Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 4.01.16 PM

It’s these annotations and accompanying story that set this selfie time-lapse apart from the others we’ve seen and shared, adding a touching and inspirational message for those watching who are suffering from any of the disorders Brown has been diagnosed with.

The two notable disorders that brown suffers from are Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania.

The former is the compulsive urge to pull out one’s hair, particularly under times of hardship and stress. The latter is a skin-picking disorder that is also provoked by stress, leaving the diagnosed with very visible scars and scabs as a result. But neither of these disorders has stopped Brown from doing what she loves and helping others in the process.

Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 4.01.39 PM

Through her two separate YouTube channels — a personal one and one created as an inspirational and supportive outlet for those suffering with Trichotillomania — she puts her struggles out there for the world to see, telling her life story through powerful words and images.

If you’d like to learn more about Brown, her endeavors and the disorders she has been diagnosed with (but handles like the champion she is) her YouTube channel is full of them, but this one in particular sums it up nicely. You can also follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.

(via Fstoppers)

  • Dan Tauro

    That was so cool! Amazing and kudos to her for helping others through her ordeals.

  • BiancaD

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  • Michael Spotts

    Good grief, my heart goes out to her. So glad she’s making positive strides! Seeing her adult situation in the context of her childhood, it humanized her later unhealthy appearance in a way that would have been different if I just passed her on the street at age 20. I’m struck by the thought that we were all kids once and we all wanted better lives than what was dealt. Sometimes the best version of life comes only after others realize our struggles and we enter into theirs.

  • Harley Barrozo

    to fall in love with her in 4 minutes… she caught me with her eyes. feels like i wanna be with her for the rest of my life.

  • Stan B.


  • Vin Weathermon

    She’s darling….and obviously has great strength.

  • Vlad Dusil

    Mesmerizing video, a truly beautiful effort. Those eyes!

  • Pickle

    Ok, settle down there fella.

  • mariajlandreth

    just before I looked at the receipt ov $8130 , I
    didn’t believe that my sister woz like actualy bringing in money part-time from
    there pretty old laptop. . there aunts neighbour has been doing this 4 only
    about 22 months and at present repayed the mortgage on their appartment and
    bought themselves a Chrysler . see here M­o­n­e­y­d­u­t­i­e­s­.­C­O­M­

  • Maay

    Beautiful video Rebecca, you shine through them like few do.

  • JackyPatonubm

    my gf’s brother
    just got a nice 12 month old Chevrolet Equinox SUV only from working parttime
    off a home computer… try this site wℴℛks77.ℂℴ­­­ℳ

  • cezarjont

    i was really waiting for the pimples to be gone and the hair to grow longer…
    atleast in the end the pimples were gone… :)