'I'm so ugly I have to take 200 selfies to find one I like'
A beautiful woman tried to commit suicide after claiming she felt too 'ugly' to show people her face.
Alanah Bagwell, 20, from Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, admits that she takes 200 selfies a day until she can find one she is satisfied with, as she battles the crippling insecurity of her body dysmorphia.
Body dysmorphia is a form of distorted self-image that affects one in every 100 women in the UK.
Alanah has been plagued by the illness since she was a teenager and spends at least four hours a day applying make-up until she feels ready for the world to see her.
Such was the devastating nature of her illness, that the 6ft blonde confined herself to her bedroom for four years as a teenager.
She told the Sun: 'I feel so bad for other people having to look at me.
It's cruel to let them see my face.'
Alanah's torment eventually led her to self-harm and when she was 16 she tried to take her own life.
The psychology student said: 'By the time I was 16, it got so bad I wanted to die so I tried to overdose on painkillers.
'My mum bought a medicine cabinet with a lock but I broke it open. My last attempt was when I was 18. I took 30 Paracetamol and was hospitalised for three days.'
Alanah will now tell her story on the BBC Four show Nobody's Perfect, to raise awareness of her illness.
During the documentary international fashion photographer John Rankin and artist Alison Lapper explore how social media and selfie culture has affected people's sense of identity.
Rankin and Alison challenge four people who struggle with their appearance to be photographed up-close to investigate different perceptions of image and beauty.