20 Photographs of Beautiful Women With Vitiligo Shot By a Photographer With The Same Condition
Skin diseases are such that they are stigmatized in society and those suffering from conditions like vitiligo are often stared at in public but does it really have to be that way? With the right attitude, awareness and perspective, such things need not be something to frown or laugh at because after all beautify isn’t skin deep and there is more to a person than just superficial looks. That being said, how would you react when you see women with vitiligo looking beautiful? Once you see these 20 women with vitiligo, your mind is going to change a lot towards them because they are stunning.
1A photo series to celebrate uniqueness
The unique thing about this photo-shoot of model with vitiligo is that the photographer too has the same condition. Yes, Elisabeth Van Aalderen a photographer who studied her diploma from Utrecht School of arts has worked in the photography department of Fotovakschool Amsterdam, and also in the fashion industry as an art director and stylist. She quit her job to follow her passion of being a photographer when she was diagnosed with vitiligo at the age of 25 but it didn’t stop Elizabeth or put her down from pursuing her dreams. This is one of her projects that has gone near viral.
2Most of her skin is affected by vitiligo
Vitiligo is a condition that results from a lack of melanin that causes white patches on the skin. Speaking about her condition Elisabeth says that “I started to get tiny white spots on my left hand, after a few weeks, the small spots turned into one bigger spot. That’s when it all started. Today, 60% of my skin is covered in vitiligo.”
The woman you see below and is a model named Sharista. Photographing her was an enjoyable experience for Elisabeth who said “I feel so incredibly honored to photograph Sharista and just can’t get over how beautiful she is, inside and out. Such a kind soul and a fearless power woman. She inspires so many out there with”
Vitiligo affects many to a different extent. There are some who live with the condition having multiple patches on their bodies. Elisabeth says when she was diagnosed, she used tried several types of treatment like lightning therapy, gluten-free diet and skin therapy. She ate more veggies, tried avoiding sun and even getting more sun, yoga and almost everything she was advised. She says “You name it, I tried it all,” Elisabeth said. “Nothing worked. Eventually, I stopped these treatments because I didn’t want my life to be like that. I couldn’t change the fact that I have vitiligo, so I started to embrace it.” The model below is Emily who Elisabeth describes as a confident and stunning Cape Verdean woman.
5How she got the idea
Elisabeth feels that maybe she has vitiligo for a reason and it has been her most difficult journey of acceptance. She describes how some years back a girl walked up to her and told her ‘I really love your skin, it’s like your own unique tattoo. You should be proud.’ This made Elisabeth rethink her condition. After that, she decided on creating a photo series dedicated to people like her.