I came across this article today after a friend shared a picture of model Shaun Ross and I went crazy with excitement and awe and started reading all these articles about models with albinism. For a long time, people with albinism have been marginalised, looked down on as ‘not beautiful’ and their lives have even been in danger with traditional beliefs that their body parts make a good potion. Models are the last thing that people thought people with albinism would be, yet they make gorgeous ones. Thankfully, the world’s ideas of beauty are shifting (for better). My eyes have been opened to a whole new world of beauty… The beauty of albino models (in a very non-fetishizing way, because that is a danger).
15 January 2013 by Rosie Kinchen
Growing up in the township of Soweto in South Africa, Refilwe Modiselle, 27, knew she was different. ‘I live in the skin of a white person,’ South Africa’s first albino model told Grazia in an interview published this week.
In many African countries people with albinism are believed to have mystical healing powers and have become vitims of ‘muti’ or medicine killings. Between 2006 and 2012 71 people are believed to have been kidnapped, mutilated or murdered for their organs in Tanzania alone. ‘I never thought I’d be a model’ says Refilwe, who was recently signed as the face of South African label LEGiT, and has walked the catwalk at South African fashion week.
Other models helping to break down the boundaries around albinism are American model, Diandra Forrest who is signed by Elite and South African, Thando Hopa, 23 an albino model and lawyer who grew up in Johannesburg. ‘It was only when one of SA’s foremost designers asked me to consider modelling for him that I decided to give it a try,’ Thando says, ‘and it has changed my outlook. I now realise that I have a platform to inspire young girls, and as someone who never had a role model who looked like me when I was growing up, I now hope to be able to show that albinism can be beautiful and is just another kind of normal.’
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A couple of stunning pictures of different South African and international albino models. Enjoy… 🙂