Model embraces her rare skin condition

chantelleyoungIf you followed the selection process for this season of America’s Next Top Model you already know about Chantelle Young, a beautiful young model with a skin condition called vitiligo. The 19 year old Chantelle Young says in one video pitch for the show, “I am the underdog, and I want to prove that one can follow one’s dreams despite all the flaws and setbacks.” Vitiligo is a loss of pigment where areas of the skin will lighten or become completely white. It often results in low self-esteem and depression for sufferers who feel stigmatized by their appearance. Chantelle has overcome these two obstacles by embracing her condition as making her unique. Here are a few facts on this rare skin condition:

  • Vitiligo is not contagious or life threatening
  • Vitiligo occurs equally among people with different skin colors and different races although it sometimes appears more obvious for those with darker skin
  • Vitiligo is often diagnosed before the age of 21 and is not curable

Image source: Matt Barnes

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