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Ik Durf Het Bijna Niet Te Vragen Wilma Westenberg Gezichtsaandoeningen

On Dutch TV: ‘You Cant Ask That’

Last November I got invited for a new Dutch TV program called You Can’t Ask That. I was invited to talk about living with a facial difference and answered questions people might have. It aired on Tuesday March 5th and has been repeated a few more times in the following weeks. Unfortunately it’s only available in Dutch without subtitles.

You Can’t Ask That

You Can’t Ask That asks groups of misunderstood or judged people the awkward, inappropriate and uncomfortable questions people always wanted to know the answers to, but always been too afraid to ask. You Can’t Ask That is an Australian series first released on ABC in 2016 and made its first appearance on Dutch TV last month.

In the first series they’ve made 7 different episodes about 7 different topics: facial differences, alcohol, incurably illnesses, sexual abuse, sex workers, Christians and nudism. Of course I was invited to talk about the first topic. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback from friends, family and followers which was really nice :)

Behind the scenes

A few fun facts about the studio recordings:

  • It was recorded one day before Christmas
  • Recordings took 2.5 to 3 hours (!) per person
  • They’ve asked at least 20 questions and only half of them were used on tv
  • I had a cold that week, which you can hear
  • As I’m very pale, they had to use lots and lots of foundation / powder. Especially to make me look better next to Hans, who was pretty tanned.

Watch the episode online

You can watch the full episode on npostart.nl. Unfortunately it’s only available in Dutch.

Ik Durf Het Bijna Niet Te Vragen Wilma Westenberg Gezichtsaandoeningen

Behind the scenes visagie Ik Durf Het Bijna Niet Te Vragen - aflevering gezichtsaandoeningen - BNN Concept Street NPO3

Getting my hair and make up done

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Ready for action!

Behind the scenes opnames Ik Durf Het Bijna Niet Te Vragen - aflevering gezichtsaandoeningen - BNN Concept Street NPO3

More and more powder ghehe

I am Wilma (23) and I was born with a rare tumor in my cheek. For more than 22 years I did not have a diagnosis. Thanks to my website visitors I ended up at the Hecovan working group where I did a second opinion in 2017. Here I got diagnosed with Facial Infiltrating Lipomatosis (FIL); an ultra rare condition with only a few people affected worldwide. On my blog I share updates and take you with me on my travel adventures around the world to meet my 'extended family' with the same condition.

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