Traitors Mollie on living with a stoma at 22 ‘Surgery was horrific but I celebrate it'
11.02.2024 - 23:41
Looking at Mollie Pearce – who made it all the way to The Traitors series two final – on the set of our exclusive OK!, she looks perfectly at home as she poses with ease for the cameras. However, this ease is still relatively new to the Bristol-based beauty, who was born with a limb difference on her right hand and now wears a stoma bag following a life-changing surgery at 18 years old to treat her ulcerative colitis – a painful, inflammatory bowel disease. Now, three years on from having the 'horrific' surgery, the 22-year-old feels better than ever and is using her growing platform to raise awareness for those living with stoma bags.
Here, the star talks to us more about becoming a disability model, taking inspiration from Katie Piper and celebrating life's big wins (with a curry!). Mollie, you’re a model by profession. How did you get into that? When I was around 17 I walked into Primark and saw a campaign image of a model with one arm, and it never really occurred to me that it was even possible.
I remember saying to my mum that I’d love to do that for other people, to inspire them. I didn’t have a stoma bag at that point but I was struggling with my ulcerative colitis and I’ve had a limb difference from birth. Shop Mollie's look: Anisa Sojka Earrings, £94 here French Connection Waistcoat, £89 here, Trousers, £69 here Black Tulip Studio Shoes, £100 here Has being in campaigns helped boost your self-confidence? Yes, definitely.
Before I started modelling I never really showed off my hand. I didn’t ever feel like I needed to hide it but I think, self-consciously, I would put it behind someone’s back in a photo or cover it with my sleeve. After I posted about my first shoot, everyone was like, “Oh my God, we’re so proud
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