Breaking Stereotypes: Models with ‘Vitiligo’ who redefined beauty in the rigid modeling industry

Breaking Stereotypes: Models with ‘Vitiligo’ who redefined beauty in the rigid modeling industry

Today marks the World Vitiligo Day, it is a skin disease that causes the loss of skin color in blotches. There is an unpredictable loss of color from vitiligo. It can affect the skin on any part of the body. It is also said to after the hair and inside of the mouth.

With the growing modernization, the stereotypical thinking of the people are also breaking as Female models who are living with vitiligo now appears regularly on designer runways, advertising campaigns, fashion shows and are empowering those who choose to hide behind the makeup to enhance their personality.

The white and the black models with vitiligo are expanding the definition of what it means to be attractive and encouraging other women to how to be comfortable in their own skin.

On World Vitiligo Day today, let’s have a look at five models with vitiligo who are redefining the way society perceives beauty

  • Winnie Harlow- She is a well known Canadian model who was diagnosed with the chronic skin condition vitiligo at the age of 4. She has walked on countless runways and is the first model with vitiligo to grace the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Harlow has made it her mission to stand for and represent other women in an effort to encourage both the fashion and beauty industry to embrace what makes people unique.


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Baby come give me something new 💙🎶

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  • Breanne Rice- The model spent her entire 20s hiding her vitiligo and now she’s encouraging others to embrace their natural beauty by putting her flawed skin on screen. Nearly after a decade of using foundation to even out her skin tone, she decided to come out and show the world her real side. She posted a makeup-free selfie on Instagram and revealed her true beauty in order to inspire others.


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At 19, I was diagnosed with vitiligo, and it spread rapidly causing me to lose over half of the pigment on my face. Yeah. Not the bottom of my foot or my arm..but ONLY on my face. I got really good at doing my makeup, and I didn’t want anyone to know about it. I couldn’t look in the mirror without crying, and feeling unattractive. When I am exposed to the sun, it tans my healthy skin and leaves my vitiligo even more noticeable. It’s taken me a very long time to be able to go public with this, and to walk around publicly without any makeup. Why? Because it’s my face. Although I would like to say I am super confident and it never gets to me, sometimes it does. Some days people make comments saying “what happened to your face?!” Sometimes if I have a crush on someone I am worried about them seeing me without makeup and worry that they won’t think I’m cute. It’s like ohh hey by the way..this is the real me underneath all this. You know what though, I own it. There’s not much I can do about it. I can only love myself, and not let my circumstances define my value or self-worth. What is the definition of beautiful anyway? Is it being perfect? What do you see when you look in the mirror? Perhaps you have a circumstance or something about yourself that you are insecure about. Don’t let it define you. You deserve love, and you are beautiful 💗 #vitiligo #beauty #perfect #seattle #health #holistic #nutrition #inspire #encourage #love #selfworth #loveyourself #digestion #autoimmune #vitiligoselfie #vitiligolove #vitiligobeauties #healing #healthyskin #skin #pigment #inspiring #inspirational #vitiligo #love #selflove #beauty

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  • Kandice Benford- The model who discovered vitiligo before her wedding and she was scared that it would ruin her big day but now she wears her skin condition with pride because she knows it makes her unique. Also, her fiancé’s encouraging words helped her recognize that she no longer need makeup to cover it.


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God isn’t done with me yet! New beginnings 💕#vitiligo #vitiligobeauty #newbeginnings #cantstopwontstop

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  • Ash Soto- The model who is known for turning her body into a piece of art. She was confused when she was first diagnosed with vitiligo at the age of 12. But as time passed, she ultimately realized that her skin wasn’t something she should hide. Now she treats her body as a work of art by transforming herself into a human canvas in order to promote self-love.


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Which one is your fav? 🌎🖌

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  • Amy Deanna- This model is CoverGirl’s first brand ambassador with vitiligo. The model agrees that she used to but cosmetics in abundance to hide her skin condition but now she uses foundation to enhance her varied tones to increase the awareness of the skin condition with her love for make-up.

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