Before the rise of diversity, the world struggled celebrating true individualism — but albino model Connie Chiu helped dispel beauty myths with her one-of-a-kind photos, taken in the early 1990s. Born in 1969, Chiu was launched into the fashion industry at age 24. According to NOAH, Albinism is “an inherited genetic condition that reduces the amount of melanin pigment formed in the skin, hair and/or eyes.” Chiu, who grew up in Hong Kong, was told by her parents at a young age she was “different,” with “light-sensitive” skin and eyesight, but that didn’t stop her family from allowing her to feel included.
Edward Snowden penned a supportive letter to a 10-year-girl in Malawi who has albinism. Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who leaked top secret information about U.S. surveillance activities, sent a sympathetic letter to Annie Alfred, a 10-year-old in Malawi who has albinism — an inherited disorder in which the body produces little to no melanin, resulting in white or pink hair, skin, and eyes. Alfred is one of 7,000 – 10,000 people in Malawi who have the condition, according to Amnesty International, which shared Snowden’s letter on Twitter on Dec. 10.
Albino people are often unfortunately stereotyped as “freaks” or “the bad guy” in popular culture, think “The Da Vinci Code” and “Matrix Reloaded.” But one photographer is showing a different side to the condition.