|Pictured, Vitiligo model, Carlene AJ|
Last week, poet Khloe Dosh took to Instagram to highlight the struggles of living with Vitiligo in a 60-second video.
Dosh starts off with a very powerful quote. "Ignorance is bliss. That's how the saying goes. Right?" She continues. "But what is blissful about a society treating your skin as if it will bite?"
Her video highlights the power in recognizing women of all shades who struggle with confidence of feeling beautiful, with a particular emphasis on women with vitiligo.
Vitiligo is a long-term skin condition that causes the skin to lose color, with patches of lighter skin appearing. It occurs when pigment-producing cells die, or stop functioning. Nearly 1% of the world's population are affected by vitiligo.
Models such as Winnie Harlow have used their platforms to speak up against the condition and how it has, and still impacts their life. Harlow also shared the video, which was originally shared on Dosh's Instagram page with the message below:
"I get so many people reaching out saying "people covering their pimples, vitiligo freckles etc. they need to be more confident like you". But why shame someone for what makes them happy? But IT'S NOT just about "Vitiligo"!!!!!!!!!! We live in a time of social media, where everyone with a keyboard thinks they have the right to a negative opinion or to judge each other when really the best use of our platforms are empathy, understanding & support. We all have insecurities, and we are different and yet so much alike."
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