When you’re ill and in need of medical assistance, the way your doctor looks shouldn’t really be the first thing on your mind… if they’re covered in tattoos and sport bright blue hair, why should it matter? They’re helping you and potentially saving your life.
Unfortunately, some people dislike this look and Dr Sarah Gray knows all about it and vows to change peoples opinions.
Dr Sarah Gray from Adelaide is a heavily tattooed medical professional who is working as an intern at a hospital to go on and become an orthopaedic surgeon.
The inked Dr describes herself as an ‘art collector’ and explains she has been addicted to tattoos since she was 16.
Dr Sarah was crowned Miss Inked Australia and really wants to change opinions on people who are influenced by looks and treating people differently because of them. The way you look shouldn’t affect anything if you can do your job, it should never matter.
Dr Sarah explained:
“I find it’s a good talking point, especially a lot of the younger generation of patients that we see, I guess its a bit of a barrier break-down between what it is traditionally thought a doctor would look like.
“If you’re confident and competent at your job it shouldn’t really matter what you look like.
“I’m just trying to advocate for being your own person and still being able to work in the medical profession.”
“I don’t have anything offensive on me anywhere, I think everything is done really well, and I think there’s a real difference between getting a tattoo that’s of poor quality and getting a tattoo if you’re an art collector like myself.”
Being a doctor has earned Sarah a huge Instagram following, boasting over 60,000 fans.
Sadly, many don’t agree with Sarah’s choice of appearance and she’s had some bad experiences because of it.
“Having colourful skin in no way affects your skill level and with all the anti-discrimination laws now it wouldn’t be appropriate to compartmentalise or treat me differently based on my appearance.
“I’ve worked really hard to develop good professional relationships as I’m fairly memorable, so I’ve made sure I’m memorable for the right reasons through hard work, determination and an always positive attitude.
“For those that don’t like tattoos, that’s entirely their prerogative, I just urge them to at least consider the artistic skill that goes into creating body art.”