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Spotted beautifully by Vitiligo

Publishing Date : 20 May, 2019

Author : BOIPELO TAPOLOGO

Proudly compressed in her own orthodox, she found beauty in her spots and embraces the condition with positivity. “I barely notice my vitiligo anymore unless someone asks about it because I am a free spirited individual who believes in happiness being the most important value in life,” shares Angela Trybocki, a young Motswana lady who lives with a rare skin condition, Vitiligo.


Dermatology research describes vitiligo as a skin condition in which the pigment cells of the melanocytes are destroyed in certain areas of the skin by free radicals in the cells and signs include loss of skin color in the form of depigmented, or white patches of skin in any location on the body sometimes leading to hair turning white as well.


Besides getting odd stares and statements such as “are you wearing makeup?” or awkward compliments like “but it still looks good on you”, Trybocki does not let the color and appearance of her skin hinder her work in any way as she has come to terms with her condition and believes that even though she looks different, her importance is as high as of the next person.


Vitiligo can be hereditary but Trybocki mentions that she does not have any family members who have it and advices for one to get a positive diagnosis or visit a dermatologist because a lot of people have mistaken fungal infections (madi a Setswana) for vitiligo. “I see life this way, I have two arms, two legs and every body part that I have functions well and what people think of me is only filtered through their perceptions and it is not my responsibility to worry about whether or not they can comprehend my differences” adding that “I am a mother and my son always tells me how beautiful I am, but any questions he may have in future, I will openly answer them.”


 South African actress Leleti Khumalo who shot to fame through the powerful SARAFINA film, and American supermodel Winnie Harlow are some of the few celebrities who have learned to embrace the condition. Bullied for her skin appearance, Harlow’s condition was actually the boost of her career when she was cast for the American reality show, America’s Next Top Model. Tyra Banks, producer and host of the show described her look as “beautifully unique”.

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