June 25th was World Vitiligo Day. It also happened to be the day the world reflected on the loss of the person with the most well known case of vitiligo -a skin condition also shared by roughly 100 million people.
For some, vitiligo can take an emotional toll...not exclusively because of the condition itself, but because of 'weird adults with malicious ignorance'. In the recent CNN article titled World Vitiligo Day: Skin disease takes emotional toll, broadcaster Lee Thomas reflects:
"It's not really the ignorance," Thomas said about the lack of awareness surrounding vitiligo. "It's the malicious ignorance. Adults are weird."
He remembers playing a "visual tennis match" with a man in his office. The man would stare at Thomas, then as soon as Thomas looked at him, the man looked away. They volleyed back and forth until Thomas told him, "It's OK if you want to look."
He went through what he calls an "angry spotted-guy" period when he would give menacing looks to those who stared at him.
While visual tennis matches may have also plagued the early life of the young lady below, she has taken these matches all the way to center court. ACE!
Check out the video below of 19-year-old Chantelle Brown-Young, who goes by the name Winnie Harlow. This video was filmed when she was 17 years old. Now, Ms. Brown will be competing in the next season of America's Next Top Model.
Thank you Winnie for bearing witness to the fact that we are BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE.