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Former Miss Inked Australia Wants To Change Stereotypes In The Medical Field

Former Miss Inked Australia Wants To Change Stereotypes In The Medical Field

You don't usually expect a doctor to be covered in tattoos with bright blue hair - but this is the exact stereotype that Dr Sarah Gray wants to change.

The heavily tattooed medical professional works as an intern at a hospital in Adelaide and wants to become an orthopaedic surgeon.

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The 31-year-old has described herself as an 'art collector', referring to her tattoos, and has been addicted to them since getting her first piece at the age of 16.

Sarah is known as the world's most tattooed doctor. Credit: Instagram/rosesarered_23
Sarah is known as the world's most tattooed doctor. Credit: Instagram/rosesarered_23

The former Miss Inked Australia winner wants to challenge the idea that having tattoos affects a person's ability to do any job.

Speaking to Australian news show, Sunrise, she said: "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.

Sarah got her first tattoo at 16. Credit: Instagram/rosesarered_23
Sarah got her first tattoo at 16. Credit: Instagram/rosesarered_23
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"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."

She aims to fight stereotypes about tattoos in the workplace. Credit: Instagram/@rosesarered_23
She aims to fight stereotypes about tattoos in the workplace. Credit: Instagram/@rosesarered_23

Sarah also says she's a big fan of horror films, but says none of her tattoos are likely to upset anyone.

She added: "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."

Sarah is a former Miss Inked Australia winner. Credit: Instagram/rosesarered_23
Sarah is a former Miss Inked Australia winner. Credit: Instagram/rosesarered_23

Sarah's unique look for a doctor has earned her a huge Instagram following, with over 60,000 fans keeping up to date with her latest career developments.

Although not everyone is happy for Sarah. Speaking to Daily Mail Australia last year, Sarah spoke about the prejudice she's faced so far.

She said: "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.

Sarah refers to herself as an 'art collector'. Credit: Instagram/rosesarered_23
Sarah refers to herself as an 'art collector'. Credit: Instagram/rosesarered_23

"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."

Good on you, Sarah.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/rosesarered_23

Topics: Tattoos, World News, Australia

Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into the world of music. Quickly realising that you can't pay your bills with guestlist, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]

 

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