In January, model Julius Gerhardt walked down the runway for Xander Zhou's menswear show. In it, he wore white pants, fur sleeves, and, perhaps most profoundly, his burn scars.
According to an interview with Cosmopolitan, Gerhardt's career started off strong. A year after being discovered, Gerhardt graced the cover of Vogue Hommes Japan and landed a job for Prada.
Then, in 2014, Gerhardt woke up in a hospital with burns covering 90 percent of his body. The in-demand male model was "painting graffiti on a cargo train in Hamburg" when a jolt of electricity shot from the high-voltage cables, into his spray can, and through his body, according to Cosmopolitan.
"I was in a coma for a day and a half. The doctors could not say if I would survive or not. When I woke up, they said they might have to cut off my right arm and my leg," Gerhardt told the publication. "I said, 'No. No! Please give me more time.' So they put me in a medically induced coma for a week so my body could start healing on its own."
After months of recovery and surgeries, Gerhardt made the decision to go back to modeling.
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Then, on January 11, Gerhardt showed off his burn marks at the Xander Zhou show in London.
In an Instagram post featuring an image of Gerhardt from his show, Zhou wrote: "Beauty is not perfect."
In other posts, Gerhardt is welcomed back using overwhelmingly supportive and positive words such as "amazing," "survivor," "proud," and "love."
"I want to show the world that no one is perfect. I can be a model even with a lot of scars," Gerhardt told Cosmopolitan. "Before, I was just this model, but it's different now. It's more personal. Now I am Julius. They know my name. They know my story. They know me. "
Gerhardt's strength and confidence is incredibly inspiring, and, without a doubt, we believe he has a long, successful future ahead.
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