The skin condition can be a source of shame in the Asian community, but a new generation is fighting the stigma.
A diverse range of new Barbie dolls has been released, including a doll with no hair and a doll with the skin condition vitiligo. Since its debut in 1959, the iconic fashion doll now comes with a range of different body types, hairstyles and skin tones, to “better reflect the world girls see today”. We spoke to two women about what it means to them to see themselves represented.
Photographer Elisabeth Van Aalderen was inspired to create the series when a girl complimented the pale patches on her skin, describing them as a “unique tattoo”.
I've been 'passing' as a white woman since age 30, and now I understand why some white people don't see discrimination
'Did my response to my vitiligo indicate a failing of character?'
“Do you see me suffering?”
'The only thing I’m suffering from are the closed minds of humans who have one beauty standard locked into their minds.'
The casting is a great step for diversity - but also a smart one, considering the Toronto-born model's stunning looks and
Living with a noticeable skin condition can be difficult, especially when people stop and look at you for far longer than
A 10-year-old girl with vitiligo has launched a career as a model and wants to redefine beauty. April Star, who lives in