A little girl with severe eczema who told her mum she 'didn't want to look at herself in the mirror anymore' now models for Marks & Spencer.

Macy Foley-Speakman, from Warrington, first began to suffer with eczema when she was just three months old.

Her mum Maxine, said people used to stop and stare at her little girl in the street.

But eight-year-old Macy has overcome all her obstacles, and now, she's the face of an eczema-friendly clothing range at M&S, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Macy's mum said her daughter's eczema became so bad that she gave up her full-time job as a nursery nurse to care for her.  

She has spent the last eight years learning as much as she can about the condition, even creating a Facebook page in hopes of educating others.

Her daughter's skin would crack and flare up and people would would often stop and stare at her in the street.

Macy became embarrassed about what she looked like and would refuse to look in the mirror.

Macy eczema became so bad that mum Maxine gave up her full-time job as a nursery nurse to care for her daughter

Maxine, 42, said: "People to would stop me and say: 'Has she got chicken pox?'

"People don't realise how hard it is.

"Macy would ask why people are staring and then she stopped looking in the mirror, she would just refuse to look at herself."

Macy's dad Andrew, 47, also suffers with the condition and like his daughter, often has to go to hospital for treatment.

In a bid to control her eczema which can sometimes become so inflamed her skin turns purple, Macy has to have lotion applied seven times a day.

Macy modelling for M&S

She also requires special zinc bandaging to soothe the inflammation during flare-ups.

At school the pupil is allowed to wear a cotton uniform rather than polyester and her school friends, who have known her since reception, even help the youngster not to scratch her skin.

Maxine said she has been 'moved to tears' by how kind and supportive Macy's classmates are.

"Her school and headteacher have been really understanding and she has never been bullied", she added.

"Her friends even hold her hands when she's itchy to stop her from scratching."

But the real turning point for Macy was when she was at home, watching TV and said to her mum "no-one looks like me".

Macy was inspired by her 'Nana Jean' who was a model for M&S in the 1960s

Macy then decided she wanted to take it in her stride and try to become a model championing eczema.

The Eczema Outreach Support charity came into her school and she took the opportunity to approach the team.

They then reached out to M&S - who advertise eczema-friendly clothing line DreamSkin.

Macy's great-grandmother Jean Guinan, who was a model for M&S in the 1960s, passed away in 2017.

Mum Maxine said her daughter would love getting dressed up for her 'Nana Jean' to keep her spirits up in hospital and said she would be so proud to see her now.

Macy Foley-Speakman is the face of a range of eczema-friendly clothing at M&S

Maxine added: "Macy had the time of her life at the photo shoot, even saying: 'Nana Jean would love this!'

"Her skin is too sensitive for makeup but she doesn't mind.

"She likes herself, she smiles and likes what she sees when she looks in the mirror."

Since the photo shoot at M&S, the retailer sent the pictures on to Zebedee, an inclusive management agency, who called up Macy's mum and asked if she would sign with them.

Macy starts with Zebedee in February, where she will be their first model with severe eczema.

The proud mum added: "It would be a great platform to show what eczema can look like as people often think it's a dry patch of skin and not that it can be a debilitating condition."

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