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    2017 Your Skin Campaign

    This week, Mediaplanet UK launched their 2017 Your Skin Campaign in The Guardian newspaper and online at Health Awareness.

    I was lucky enough to have my story featured; ‘One Vitiligo woman’s story offers hope to others, alongside other motivating stories and insights from experts and thought leaders.

    One of my favourite posts features the work of Medha Iyer, who captures Vitiligo through her love of photography. Incredibly creative and inspiring!

    Check out the website for anything you need relating to skin and health.

    http://www.healthawareness.co.uk

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    2016: A Year of Real Stories With Real People

    In 2016, it was so refreshing to see more and more people within the Vitiligo community sharing their stories and opening up about the patches on their skin. Like many readers, I found these stories courageous, positive and inspiring. I loved reading how girls and women had overcome their fears of being judged and learnt how to embrace their skin. For me, it made me feel a sense of empowerment….connection even, as I felt so close to the stories which felt so similar to my own. Most of what I read ended with similar themes; women that learned to love their skin and finally felt beautiful, brave and most importantly, care free.

    One of the first articles I wrote was ‘Life with Vitiligo: my white skin cells started to attack each other’ for the online charity, Ditch the Label. Written by myself, it was a moving encounter on who I was as a little girl with Vitiligo, and who I am now. And even though I still feel an element of exposure, every time I agree to write a feature or share my story, there is something very invigorating about opening up and not being afraid to do so anymore.

    So with the stories of 2016 creating such positivity within the Vitiligo community, here are my picks on some of the influential and memorable stories from yesteryear….

    Teen with Vitiligo spent her life trying to fit in – but now realises she’s beautiful

    A courageous encounter from a teenage girl from Baltimore, USA, who later featured in the TV series ‘Too Ugly for Love’.

    Wonder Winnie

    An amazing 4-page feature detailing international star, Winnie Harlow’s journey. It was so great to see her featured in a mainstream, UK magazine aimed at women. Accompanying the interview were some great fashion shots, which really highlighted the beauty of her skin. Subsequently, I wrote to Grazia to thank them for the article and the following week I was selected as ‘Letter of the Week’ and bagged myself some lovely goodies from the natural beauty range, Lucky Cloud!

    Vitiligo sufferer who was bullied for looking like a ‘burns victim’ reveals how Instagram finally gave her the confidence to flaunt her skin patches

    Beautiful Cat Spedding from Yorkshire, UK, hid her skin under layers of clothes like most of us have done at some stage in life. However, after noticing just how much others were embracing their skin, with the support of others, she learned to love her skin and took to Instagam as proof that she no longer felt the need to hide.

    Young Achiever: My journey of acceptance

    The beautiful story of a young 15 year old girl, who wrote and illustrated I’m Not Unusual, I’m Just Unique, as part of her school project.

     “It’s called Vitiligo.” Woman’s poignant tattoo educates people on the skin condition”

    A story with a difference! Tiffany Posteraro, from New York, decided to have ‘its called Vitiligo” tattooed onto her skin after years of taunts and cruel bullying

    Michaela DePrince: Body image is a matter of opinion

    Not quite a 2016 story, but an awe inspiring, favourite feature to say the least. It’s the compelling and heart aching story of ballets beautiful star, Michaela DePrince, who was told she was the ‘Devils Child’ because of the way she looked.

    Do you have any stories that have inspired you over the past year? Feel free to share….

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    3 Things That Happen To Every Girl With Vitiligo….

    As a girl with vitiligo, I know what it’s like to have moments of weakness. I spent many years hiding away, not wanting to talk about my skin or answer questions. Instead, I tried to ignore my skin – to turn a blind eye to the one thing that impacted my life the most. I wanted the world to see someone that was confident, even though deep down inside I hadn’t accepted who I was on the outside.

    Fortunately, after years of working to build my confidence, I’ve learned to accept and love the spots I was born with. And while I recognize that I don’t quite fit in with the strict parameters that the media forces us to believe is beauty, I understand that beauty comes in many forms. And beauty does include girls like me.

    While my journey with learning to love my spots still continues, here are some of the things I’ve learned that are “okay” and “normal” when you live with vitiligo…..

    Read my guest post in its entiretery on Living Dappled…

    3 Things That Happen to Every Girl with Vitiligo

     

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    Interview with London Live

    My first experience at talking to the Media, was an appearance on London Live in September 2014. You can access the VT recording here. Agreeing to be interviewed on TV was particularly daunting as i’d never publicly spoken about my condition before. Why would I!    I wasn’t sure if I was ready to open up about the person I was with Vitiligo. I apprehensively agreed and it turned out to be one of the most liberating things i’ve ever done….

     

     

     

     

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