Australian model Robyn Lawley suffered a attack in June, causing her to fall two metres down a staircase in her New York home.
She landed on hard tiles on her face, resulting in a large abrasions to her forehead, lip and chin which required extensive stitches.
And speaking in the October edition of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Robyn, 29, has revealed the horrific extent of her injuries – and how she is embracing her scars.
My lip was so big I could barely talk, and I had so much pain, having lost my tooth, I couldn’t eat or sleep,’ said Robyn, who has lupus and APS (antiphospholipid antibody syndrome), an autoimmune disorder.
But despite being an international model, who has appeared in Sports Illustrated and Vogue and walked countless catwalks around the world, Robyn has decided to keep her scars.
‘I thought I didn’t like my scars, but now I dig them,’ the mum-of-one told the magazine. ‘I think a chick with a scar is a badass. Scars are cool. They tell a story.
Robyn became the first plus-size model to appear in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue in 2015 and she is determined to keep working while flaunting her ‘Harry Potter scar’ on her forehead.
The mark, according to the model, resembles the one the fictional wizard bears on his forehead in J.K. Rowling’s novels.
‘I can’t get rid of it because it’s a lightning bolt,’ Robyn told Megyn Kelly on the US Today show in August
‘I’m too much of a fan to get rid of it and it’s too much of a weird spot to have it happen.
‘My nickname before the fall was actually Wizard already, so I had to keep it.’
Beyond the pop culture reference, Robyn is determined to keep the scar as it represents part of her personal journey through life.
‘Today I think people don’t realise how much, work-wise, they get done. Models and celebrities… Laser can actually get rid of this completely but I have no desire,’ she explained.
‘I feel like scars say a story and tell who we are. I’ve always embraced my stretch marks and marks on my stomach and hips and body and I feel like, Why should I have to get rid of them? Who is it going to appease?’
Robyn, who was diagnosed with lupus just after the birth of her daughter Ripley, now three, doesn’t remember much about her fall
All she can recall, she said, is standing at the top of the staircase and waking up to find paramedics tending to her, with her daughter nearby.
The model – who is dating lawyer Everest Schmidt, with whom she has daughter Ripley, posted a photo of her injuries and scars to Instagram in August.
‘As the scars fade, a part of me wants nothing to do with them and a part of me wants to embrace them,’ she wrote in the photo caption at the time.’They make us who we are. Plus wearing daily makeup to cover my face is something I do not do.’