The teen got in an accident when he was four years old and have been feeling like a 'monster' but now he is ready to face the world for the greater good.
When Johnny was only four years old, his house accidentally caught on fire and by the time they rescued him, his body was already 95% burnt, severely. Quinn was playing in the backyard shed of his house in Tenessee when his pet dog knocked over a candle, accidentally starting a huge fire. The fiery blaze took a heavy toll on young Johnny's body and it made him 'feel like a monster.' He struggled for years to come in terms with his appearance and how people treated him. But now, Quinn has decided to finally step out from the shadows and make a change.
"So many people stare at me, every single day, every time I’m in public. That used to really get to me," he told Barcroft TV. “After my accident, it was so much worse even than the physical burns that I had been through. Now I try to look at everything with a different perspective.” Quinn lost tons of weight after the accident and became highly anorexic as he used to be so depressed, he gave up taking care of his body.
“Why did I even survive? Why didn’t I just die in the fire? I questioned that all the time. I didn’t understand, until I was older when all of my trouble started when I was 10 and 11," Quinn elaborated the struggles he faced at such a young age. “I was becoming a teenager and appearance started to matter to me. I started to realize that I really don’t look normal. I really started to hate what I looked like.”
But now, the very brave 19-year-old is facing his fears and embracing his scars. Quinn is now aspiring to be a model and is campaigning to make people aware of physical differences. He also admits that it was 'selfish' of him to not care for his body. “I didn’t even want to take care of my body anymore, where I just stopped eating. I never realized how selfish I was acting, obviously, I had a family that cared about me but I never realized it.”
According to The Sun, the teenager has had over 80 constructive surgeries so far as the brutal fire took his ears, his fingers, and severely burnt 95% of his body. He is now going to college and fighting his lack of confidence by modeling for awareness. “I realized that confidence is a habit, it’s not a personality trait, it’s something you have to work at. Instead of looking in the mirror every day and seeing something that I hated, I started seeing what I could enhance and what I could accept.”
Johnny is now the face of Courageous Faces Foundation, a community which raises awareness about physical differences. “Courageous Faces foundation makes my dreams and passions seem like they are a reality. A lot of people call them a burn victim and I was totally a burn victim too, somebody who let their situation have control over their life," Quinn added. His story was recently covered by BBC's Living Differently and was titled the Model Covered in Burns. He is gradually getting over his fears and we wish him a happy, beautiful life ahead. More power to you, Johnny! Keep inspiring.