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Woman With Vitiligo Overcomes Her Self-Confidence Issues After A Photoshoot With Famous Makeup Artist
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Woman With Vitiligo Overcomes Her Self-Confidence Issues After A Photoshoot With Famous Makeup Artist

Most of us were not very happy with the changes that took place in our teenage years—pimples, transforming body and whatnot. Though change is not bad in and of itself, it causes issues that are very hard to deal with when one’s a teen. It creates self-confidence, self-acceptance issues and a whole plethora of other problems. Most of us had these challenges when we were growing up; however, some had it worse than others.

Stephanie Yashimura was 14 at the time she spotted a white spot around her eye. It concerned her, so she went to a doctor. The doctor had some uncomfortable news: she was diagnosed with vitiligo, a skin condition which depletes melanin and causes the white spots to occur, and it’s very hard to reverse. And so began Stephanie’s unexpected journey of self-acceptance and body positivity.

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Meet Stephanie Yashimura, a girl from Rio De Janeiro with vitiligo who took up modeling to regain her self-confidence

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She found a white spot around her eye when she was 14, and was soon diagnosed with vitiligo by a doctor

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Vitiligo is a disease which causes a lack of pigment called melanin, which makes white patches appear on the skin

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As a teenager, Stephanie was very self-conscious. She wore long-sleeved clothing to avoid drawing attention

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She tried curing her vitiligo with all kinds of remedies, but to no avail

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By 20, 80 percent of her skin had lost its pigment

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At one point, she decided to fast-forward her vitiligo to complete the transition from one skin tone to another

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“I underwent treatment to accelerate the disease and I went all white! Yes, I was dark and the stains were what was left of my birth color. I realized that it had been silly not to show me more with the stains, the way I really am.”

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But she realized that she’d be erasing a part of her own identity, so she decided to keep her dark spots

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In 2020, Stephanie was approached by a famous local makeup artist who invited her to a photoshoot. She reluctantly agreed

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The positive encouragement gave her confidence and motivation to pursue modeling

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She began posting pictures of herself online to help others suffering from vitiligo

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“Today I am happy, secure, I feel beautiful and I want to be an example for those who are discovering vitiligo now to accept and be happy with themselves.”

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She’s now very proud of who she is and is inspiring not only those who suffer from vitiligo, but from self-confidence issues in general

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Stephanie, who works as a radiology technician, is 28 years old now, and it’s been 14 years ever since her diagnosis. She’s a completely different person now compared to then, but not because of her looks only. She managed to positively change the way she perceives herself and her condition, and took up modeling to encourage others who struggle with similar issues.

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Stephanie changed her life around from shying away to showing off her unique looks

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Ramona Rhein
Community Member
1 year ago

What makes a beautiful model isn’t that she looks like every other model, but that she is her own and is dignified and confident in that. She embraces her uniqueness. This is a lovely young woman and has reason to show it. Bravo!

Carmen Sandiego
Community Member
1 year ago

Indeed!

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Dodo
Community Member
1 year ago

Conventionally attractive woman with a unique feature becomes model. Shocker.

patrick springer
Community Member
1 year ago

Totally agree dodo, I don't believe she has faced much persecution. She's obviously attractive. Anyone can see that she could be a model or whatever else she would chose to be, regardless of skin condition.

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Getthepopcornout
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1 year ago (edited)

I have vitiligo and you have no idea how much it can destroy your self worth/esteem. I remember going on holiday and went in the sea, the sun cream washed off and I caught the sun. I felt like such a freak. I've sort of come to terms with it now but I still get self conscious when I catch the sun or I don't know people very well.

Ed Taylor
Community Member
1 year ago

I think vitiligo is a beautiful condition. You have a condition that makes you unique, embrace it and use it to your advantage.

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Ramona Rhein
Community Member
1 year ago

What makes a beautiful model isn’t that she looks like every other model, but that she is her own and is dignified and confident in that. She embraces her uniqueness. This is a lovely young woman and has reason to show it. Bravo!

Carmen Sandiego
Community Member
1 year ago

Indeed!

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Dodo
Community Member
1 year ago

Conventionally attractive woman with a unique feature becomes model. Shocker.

patrick springer
Community Member
1 year ago

Totally agree dodo, I don't believe she has faced much persecution. She's obviously attractive. Anyone can see that she could be a model or whatever else she would chose to be, regardless of skin condition.

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Getthepopcornout
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I have vitiligo and you have no idea how much it can destroy your self worth/esteem. I remember going on holiday and went in the sea, the sun cream washed off and I caught the sun. I felt like such a freak. I've sort of come to terms with it now but I still get self conscious when I catch the sun or I don't know people very well.

Ed Taylor
Community Member
1 year ago

I think vitiligo is a beautiful condition. You have a condition that makes you unique, embrace it and use it to your advantage.

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