People say I’m prettier without vampire goth look but I don’t recognise myself’

Casey Sugrue, 18, has dressed as a vampire goth since she was a teenager but now she’s transformed into a more ‘everyday’ style and said she can barely recognise herself

Casey Sugrue started dressing in black and wearing gothic makeup when she was 13, and now aged 18, she has undergone a massive transformation, as the Daily Star reports.

She traded her normal wardrobe for more traditional attire, posing in a red and white plaid dress, without makeup and with a wig to show what she’d look like without black hair.

Casey said she was ‘completely shocked’ by the change – saying it was “bizarre to see me as something so opposite to who I am”.

Casey said: “I didn’t even recognise myself and there was genuinely nothing I liked from the transformation.

“The clothes were just so far from my style I’d never even consider wearing them. I think the clothes would look great on someone else though, they’re just not for me.”

Casey usually wears all black with sometimes a little purple dashed in as an exception.

Her makeup can take up to three hours to complete and her signature finish is done by drawing eyebrows up to her hairline.

The 18-year-old, from New Jersey, despises bright clothes and was uncomfortable wearing a red patterned dress for an episode of Hooked on the Look, a TV show that looks at unconventional cosmetic styles.

Casey also wore red lipstick and a wig to completely alter her appearance.

And despite her obvious dissatisfaction, she now appreciates her glampire goth style even more.

She said: “What I love about my look is that it gives me confidence. I feel the most secure when I’m dressing in my style because it feels like the real me and it makes me happy.

“The goth community has brought me a sense of community and comfort that I wouldn’t trade anything for.”

And her unique style attracts attention – both good and bad – anywhere she goes.

She added: “People stare at me in the street wherever I go and some people laugh and take pictures.

“But some are really nice too. For the most part, those who have a negative reaction to my look are too afraid to say it to my face.

“They make negative assumptions about me all the time but I understand where they’re coming from because I know not everyone has seen someone like me before – people fear what they don’t understand.

“While I don’t enjoy receiving negative reactions or people assuming the worst about me, if I come from a place of understanding instead of judgement when facing the negativity it hurts me a lot less.

“I just want to give people the understanding and kindness I wish I’d get I suppose.”