1 in 20,000 people worldwide is born with a genetic condition called albinism, and you'd think people should be aware of it by now, given how easily accessible information is nowadays. However, there is still a lot of stigma around it which is especially prevalent in places where people with this condition stand out from the crowd and make heads turn for all the wrong reasons, such as Africa or Asia. In China, albinism is seen as a curse or a crippling social and economic burden, so many children never get to go to a loving home after coming into this world. A baby girl was left outside an orphanage in China around 16 years ago because she looked different and was predestined to have no future, or, at least, a very difficult one.

Luckily, when she was 3, Xueli was adopted by the Dutch Abbing family and moved to the Netherlands to live with her new mom and sister. Unique looks led Xueli to the modeling industry at the age of 11, where she got a platform to celebrate differences, raise awareness about albinism, and inspire others to embrace their natural beauty. As of today, she has been featured in Vogue and has worked with the world's greatest photographers and major brands in the fashion industry.

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Ileana Sky Aviles
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Stunning

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Albinism is an inherited genetic condition caused by the lack of melanin, the pigment formed in the skin, hair, and eyes. It occurs in all ethnic and racial groups and the levels of pigmentation can vary depending on its type. It can include various skin and vision complications, so albinos have to be extremely cautious. Xueli only has eight to ten percent vision, so her eyes are extremely sensitive to bright light. Because she can't look at the light directly, you'll notice that she is photographed with her eyes closed in most photos. Along with one of her photos on Instagram, Xueli shares about her experience:

"I hardly ever open my eyes during photoshoots, because the light is almost always too bright. When I do open my eyes, I mostly squeeze them..."

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Gay_Forg
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1 day ago

Fish bubble!

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Glynna Bowood
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Thumbelina!!

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Xueli's sister, Yara, who manages her social media and occasionally photographs Xueli, told Bored Panda:

"She works as a model in order to raise awareness around albinism and to show others that people with disabilities are 'normal' as well and can perfectly participate in society."

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Gay_Forg
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I love this

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Proud gold rose
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Lovely

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Xueli shared her own story with BBC. She opened up about how the modeling industry is changing:

"In modelling, looking different is a blessing not a curse and it gives me a platform to raise awareness of albinism.

There are still models who are like eight foot two and skinny but now people with disabilities or differences are featured more in the media and this is great—but it should be normal. Models with albinism often get stereotyped in shoots to depict angels or ghosts and it makes me sad. Especially because it perpetuates those beliefs that endanger the lives of children with albinism in countries such as Tanzania and Malawi."

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Alli Meni
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1 day ago

She looks like a mermaid!

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Proud gold rose
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1 day ago

That smile 😊

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Ahimsa Santhosh
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1 day ago

Wow 🤩

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Xueli is represented by a revolutionary talent agency, Zebedee Management, which focuses on people with disabilities and visible differences. The agency is trying to change the game in the fashion, advertising, and other media industries so that their campaigns are as diverse as our society.

Zebedee Management writes on their website: "Disability has often been left out of the diversity debate, and we often receive casting calls looking for 'diversity,' but with no mention of disability. Disability seems to be the last taboo—however, we want to change this. We want it to be the norm that advertising using people with disabilities becomes commonplace."

You can read more inspiring and thought-provoking stories about talents represented by Zebedee Management on Bored Panda here, here, here, here, and here.

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Jill Tremblay
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Aside from the ridiculous outfit - I love this picture for her normal expression. She really is beautiful, but hard to see until she shows normal emotion.

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Tuna Fish
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1 day ago

gorgeous model and great photographer.

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Ileana Sky Aviles
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1 day ago

I love this!

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When Xueli is not posing in front of a lens for world-class brands and photographers or conquering runways, she has many other activities to spend her time. Her sister named a few:

"Xueli mostly likes to fill her days with sports (such as climbing), crochet, and watching informative videos on YouTube. She knows many strange facts and loves to philosophize about life with other people."

Xueli is an empowering example that your differences and disabilities shouldn't cut you off from the possibilities this world can still offer.

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Penelope Beck
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Would love to see her with small amount of mascara etc on.

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Soulstice
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1 day ago (edited)

Cultural Appropriation? (edit) This is an actual question. If you're going to downvote, at least explain why please.

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Posh Rose
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beautiful

Xueli uses modeling to talk about albinism because she refuses to accept inequality and wants to "change the world." She said to BBC:

"I want other children with albinism—or any form of disability or difference—to know they can do and be anything they want. For me, I'm different in some ways but the same in others. I love sport and climbing and I can do it as well as anyone else. People might say you can't do things but you can, just try."

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Alayna Gill
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2 days ago

Her eyes are beautiful.

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Posh Rose
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very pretty

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Toko Danganronpa
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1 day ago

So pretty!

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icksy
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9 hours ago

Why are there so many pictures with closed eyes? She has so beautiful grey eyes. (First I expected eye colors like light blue or light red, more typical for human albinism.)

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She_woman
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13 hours ago

Gorgeous 😍

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Toko Danganronpa
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My favourite one

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Louise Jury
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18 hours ago

Natural beauty.

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Tuna Fish
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1 day ago

Why do they make her close her eyes so much. I think her eyes are intriguing. (did I spell that right?)

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Google pay 97$ per hour my last pay check was $8500 working 1o hours a week online. My younger brother friend has been averaging 12k for months now and he works about 22 hours a week. I cant believe how easy it was once I tried it outit...𝐖𝐰𝐰.𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐚𝐩𝐩𝟐.𝐂𝐨𝐦

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Judith Agogliati
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So beautiful!

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kasa alex
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Very cool chic

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Stephanie Did It
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This upsets me. Purity spoiled. I know, art is supposed to invoke a reaction, so I guess it worked for me.

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Suzanne Haigh
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14 hours ago

She really is a beautiful girl. I hope she is happy in her new life.

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Josh Tall
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great picture!

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Beans
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1 day ago

Wow at first glance this looks like a painting

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