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.
Canadian fashion model Winnie Harlow is a lot of things. Since the beginning of her career, Harlow’s name has been synonymous with her skin condition and the fact that she chooses not to cover up the patches of depigmented skin found on her face and body.
It’s believed that more than 30 million Americans are affected by eczema, which is why Emily Loh was so surprised by the reaction she received while trying to board an Air France/KLM plane from Barcelona to Paris earlier this week. ALSO SEE: Eczema: What it is and how to treat it “I went to check in at desk 704, where I was initially greeted warmly by the agent. Upon seeing the eczema that covers my arms and hands, he pointed and asked with disdain, ‘What is that?’" said the 30-year-old Canadian in a Facebook post describing the incident. “I was taken aback but am accustomed to people asking questions about my condition, so I replied 'It’s eczema, it’s a chronic skin condition I was born with.’" When the agent continued to express disgust and suspicion, asking Loh whether it was contagious and suggesting she was required to carry a doctor’s note permitting her to fly, she began to grow frustrated and offended.