Albinism And Famous People With This Condition
There is a stereotype that albino people are evil. Mostly, it happened due to the exploitation of albino image in movies. People with such disease were depicted there as villains. Traits of albinism, such as pale skin, colorless hair, and blue or red eyes, were used to add intimidation to the evil character and distinguish them from the heroes. However, the fact that almost every albino suffers from impaired vision was hidden on purpose.
Persecution of people with albinism
Although the disease itself is rare in the western world, it is quite common in Sub-Saharan Africa, most likely due to existing consanguinity in those countries. There is a belief that some body parts of albino people can transmit magical powers and vice versa. Thus, such people are considered cursed, or their disease can be contagious. Whatever the reasons are, they may be dismembered, persecuted, or even killed.
Famous people with albinism
Despite unbelievably tough social integration that people with albinism may face, there are many of them who gained fame by expressing themselves and showcasing their talents to the world. And you may even know some of them:
Shaun Ross – First male model with albinism in mainstream fashion industry.
Connie Chiu – First female model with albinism in mainstream fashion industry.
— Connie Chiu (@conniechiu) July 16, 2017
Ali Douglas Newman, Brother Ali, is an American hip-hop artist.
— Catalyst Santa Cruz (@CatalystClub) October 29, 2017
Diandra Forrest - First female model with albinism to be signed to a major modeling agency.
Winston Foster, King Yellowman, is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay.
Nastya Zhidkova is a Russian albino model, who rose to fame under the professional alias Kiker Chan.
Darnell Swallow - A contestant in Big Brother season 9.
What is it like to live a life as an albino person?
The lives of albino people differ dramatically. They may have issues with vision and social interrogation. They usually get bullied in school, and in adulthood, it is hard for them to get a job. You could imagine a psychological pressure such people may feel. It is essential for them to have strong support.
However, despite all the difficulties, many of such people remain positive:
"I don’t mind that I have albinism because I know that my skin just lacks pigment. I don’t have a disease and I’m not from a different race." Myrianne, 12, Côte d’Ivoire v/@unicefcanada pic.twitter.com/1hWbrBSgRN
— Kent Page (@KentPage) February 5, 2018
Some may even joke a bit:
On this, the first day of #BlackHistoryMonth I would like to remind everyone that if I, a black albino, am your only black friend, then you should be ashamed of yourself.
— Victor Varnado (@varnado) February 1, 2018
Albinism can't stop a person, who strives for a better life:
My name is Elijah. I'm a 16 year old boy with albinism, and I aspire to have a modelling career.
A single retweet can help! pic.twitter.com/5gmJtVYv0l
— Elijah (@Lasagna) February 2, 2018