I want to share a story with you about how I learnt to love my body. There’s some feelings that I usually keep to myself, but I want to share them with you because I know that many of you will relate, and some of you may even benefit from hearing what I learned on my journey.
You might not know from looking at a picture of me, but I have a skin disease called Vitiligo.
Vitiligo leaves big white patches on my skin – all over my arms, legs and body. The gorgeous model Chantelle Brown-Younghas it too.
But when I was growing up, there was no famous model with the same disease as me, there was no one who looked a little different gracing the cover of magazines or showing up on runways. I never thought of myself as beautiful.
Back when I was a kid, I was just plain old different. I would get teased for my white patches, or people would stare or be really really curious about it, all of which of course cause me to feel incredibly uncomfortable and ashamed.
I dreaded summer because I would have to show more skin, and my ‘regular coloring’ would become tanned making the white patches (caused by lack of pigment in the the skin) stand out even more.