Young woman, 22, reinvents herself as a model after suffering from 60 per cent burns in a house fire

In her final year of high school Brianna Creenaune was trapped in a blazing house fire and suffered third degree burns to 60 per cent of her body, but five years on she has reinvented herself as a body-positive model.

On January 3, 2016 smoke alarms woke the family in the early hours of 3:30am and instinctively Brianna, from Brisbane, ran to the front of the house trying to escape but the gate had melted shut.

‘As I turned back something from the roof fell onto my head and lit the back of my shirt,’ the early childhood worker, now 22, told Daily Mail Australia.

Hearing the screams, Brianna’s mum rushed her to a kennel in the backyard and started pouring water all over her body until the ambulance arrived, who put Brianna into a medically induced coma.

Majority of the burns were due to the intensity of the heat rather than direct flame burns and Brianna had to endure more than 30 surgeries during her recovery.

While she was left with permanent scarring, the young survivor embraces her burn wounds to promote self-confidence and has worked with top fashion brands.

In 2016 at the start of her final year of high school Brianna Creenaune (pictured) was trapped in a blazing house fire and suffered third degree burns to 60 per cent of her body

While she was left with permanent scarring, the young survivor embraces her burn wounds to promote self-confidence and has worked with top fashion brands

While she was left with permanent scarring, the young survivor embraces her burn wounds to promote self-confidence and has worked with top fashion brands

Her thighs were used for the skin grafting

Her thighs were used for the skin grafting

Brianna remained in the induced coma for two weeks and was in intensive care for one month.

She suffered from burns on her arms, hands, legs, feet, her back, partial burns to her face and on her buttocks.

‘When I was in hospital doctors told my family that there was a very real chance that I could die,’ she said.

The parts of her body that weren’t impacted – her chest, thighs, biceps, scalp and stomach – were used for the skin grafting.

Luckily her only amputation was three of her toes.

‘My entire life felt like it was starting over – we lost everything in the house to the fire and I had to learn basic skills again,’ she said.

Despite the awful circumstances, Brianna had a speedy recovery and returned to school only six months later wearing compression garments every day for 12 months. 

‘The hardest part was not feeling like I had the chance to be a teenager in my last year of high school,’ she said. 

She suffered from burns on her arms, hands, legs, feet, her back, partial burns to her face and on her buttocks

She suffered from burns on her arms, hands, legs, feet, her back, partial burns to her face and on her buttocks

The parts of her body that weren't impacted - her chest, thighs, biceps, scalp and stomach - were used for the skin grafting

'The hardest part was not feeling like I had the chance to be a teenager in my last year of high school,' she said

The parts of her body that weren’t impacted – her chest, thighs, biceps, scalp and stomach – were used for the skin grafting

Despite the awful circumstances, Brianna had a speedy recovery and returned to school only six months later wearing compression garments every day for 12 months

Despite the awful circumstances, Brianna had a speedy recovery and returned to school only six months later wearing compression garments every day for 12 months

In May 2020 well after the wounds had healed, popular fashion brand Beginning Boutique held a competition in searching for brand ambassadors, and Brianna decided to enter.

In May 2020 well after the wounds had healed, popular fashion brand Beginning Boutique held a competition in searching for brand ambassadors, and Brianna decided to enter that sparked her modelling career

In May 2020 well after the wounds had healed, popular fashion brand Beginning Boutique held a competition in searching for brand ambassadors, and Brianna decided to enter that sparked her modelling career

‘My friends and I have always liked taking photos of each other and I saw the competition as a genuine opportunity to model professionally for a change,’ she said.

After sharing her story she won the top prize and started sharing clothing hauls online that started to boost her following.

Today Brianna has a strong Instagram following of more than 14,000 people and shared images confidently embracing her figure.

She has since worked with a number of brands, including Moana Bikini by Karina Irby.

‘After the fire I didn’t want to pigeonhole myself as just a burn victim, but I also didn’t want to hide it – it was a massive trauma that happened during important formative years,’ she said.

‘I didn’t want to pretend like this wasn’t a massive part of my life and how my personality has formed since then.

‘I wouldn’t have become the person I am today if it didn’t happen.’   

Today Brianna has a strong Instagram following of more than 14,000 people and shared images confidently embracing her figure

Today Brianna has a strong Instagram following of more than 14,000 people and shared images confidently embracing her figure

'After the fire I didn't want to pigeonhole myself as just a burn victim, but I also didn't want to hide it - it was a massive trauma that happened during important formative years,' she said

‘After the fire I didn’t want to pigeonhole myself as just a burn victim, but I also didn’t want to hide it – it was a massive trauma that happened during important formative years,’ she said

Since accepting her scars she feels completely comfortable in her body

'We put so much value into how we look and how other people perceive us that I think it's important to be proud of who you are as a person and what you can offer people through personality,' she said

Since accepting her scars she feels completely comfortable in her body 

Since accepting her scars she feels completely comfortable in her body.

‘I think we all get swept up in having a positive body image but we’re so much more than that,’ she said.

‘We put so much value into how we look and how other people perceive us that I think it’s important to be proud of who you are as a person and what you can offer people through personality.’

‘Who you are as a person is truly where your value comes from – and the body is just what you see on the surface.’

She encourages other young women to practice accepting your body and practicing body neutrality.



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