It can take days, months and even decades for people to realize that beauty doesn’t have to be so narrowly defined- and to finally overlook the flaws and see themselves as beautiful. There doesn’t have to be a standard for beauty.
Beauty is in embracing your flaws.
Read on to find out the strongest women who stood against all odds and embraced the ‘Vitiligo’ that made them different.
Let them inspire you!
What exactly is vitiligo? You might have seen people crossing the street or on the cover of a magazine with pale light patches on the skin. That is Vitiligo.
It is a skin condition affecting only about 1% of the world population, causes the skin to lose its natural color. Patches of lighter pale skin appear, ranging from a few spots to sometimes covering the whole body.
It may sometimes affect other parts of the body besides the skin such as the hair, eyes, and inside of the mouth.
It is not a life-threatening condition but a life-altering one. It has led many people towards low self-esteem and even depression.
The 10 women below show that embracing their vitiligo and overcoming fears has led them to lead more fulfilling and confident lives.
Winnie Harlow is the first model with vitiligo to walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, bringing some light and awareness to this skin condition.
“Vitiligo certainly isn’t designed by any high-end fashion designer, but the individuality and uniqueness it can bring to a person’s skin is so beautiful that it looks like it could be. “
“It was best for me when I started loving myself and other people could see that. I more so appreciate people loving the fact that I love myself and not just glorifying my skin or me. The model told TEEN VOGUE in an interview.”
“That was something instilled in me from my family and my mother, but I lost it due to being bullied and things I experienced growing up. For me, it was more about finding that again and realizing that any opinions that were negative towards me were not worth my time or emotion.”
“Know that feeling different is not wrong or negative. We are all different!”
The British-Asian Entrepreneur did exactly what she wanted to celebrate her body and become a fitness model. She went through a year of intense training to build muscle tone, learn the catwalk and embrace the condition.
“I decided to do a fitness competition back in London, which helped to raise awareness about vitiligo. The support I got from family and friends was admirable. I found a change in everyone around me and found a lot of support while going through my challenges.”
“Many who didn’t know I was suffering from vitiligo saw me as someone who had everything; a confident and successful businesswoman. However, within, I wasn’t happy and just smiling for people around me.”
But now I am smiling for ‘me’, as I’ve set myself free by being open about it.”
Tanesha Brown who goes by @vitiligoqueen on Instagram wrote:
“You know we all come here with something flawed. Nobody is perfect, but having #vitiligo is like you can see everything on the outside. Everything is so visible of what’s ‘wrong’ with me but vitiligo isn’t what’s wrong, it happens to be everything right…
I represent for those of you who feel counted out because you don’t fit into social “norms” or a universal standard beauty.
You can admire someone else’s beauty without questioning your own. YOU ARE ENOUGH!”
“When I first got it I was so insecure about how I looked and how the community would accept me, so I used to always try to cover it by makeup” “But not long ago I started to accept myself as I am… It’s OK to hide what you believe to be a ‘flaw’ sometimes, but don’t let them get in and destroy your inner peace.”
“don’t let them get in and destroy your inner peace.”
She quotes Eleanor Roosevelt on Instagram:
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror.
I can take the next thing that comes along. For me that fear was finally letting go of my crutch (covering my vitiligo with loads of makeup), accepting my skin, standing up, and walking out the doors into this world in my natural skin!”
“We are all at different points in our Vitiligo journey and wherever you happen to be with yours know that you are not alone,” Orr wrote on her Instagram
“There is beauty in you and we are not defined by our skin. It’s a special part of us but only a piece. Rejoice in that piece as often and boldly as you can.”
“I just wanna take this moment to express how proud I am to be a part of this community and family for years I was ashamed of my skin and felt that I had to cover it up.
It has been two years since I decided to fully embrace my skin and it is still the best decision I have ever made. I am beautiful, I am strong, and I am proud to be a woman with Vitiligo.
Love who you are because God does not make mistakes.
“Empathy and dynamic resilience are the companions that help get through the things of the world,” Rametsi captioned a ‘gram. “It may hurt but IT’S OKAY.”