Often time people discriminate Albinos due to their skin or how they look but right now the game has change as people with albinism beginning to gathered momentum in the society.
Despite the fear that has kept so many of them in self isolation due to what the society think about them and how people bully them, some of them were able to rise up and take a great challenge in the fashion modeling industry.
Now that the game has change, now that they are beginning to grow in courage, now that they can breath among others in the society, i can tell you emphatically that albinos are here to stay in the fashion and modeling world.
No more photophobia, nystagmus, amblyopia, partial absence of pigment in the skin or Lack of vision, this is how they change the game because when you have a group of people within same circle with great ideology and ready to say no to the fear of unknown or fear of discrimination the rest is history now.
“When growing up a lot of us used to scared of people with albinism, often time we do not want to associated with them because of the society construe of what we were told about them but now the story has change, we now see people with albinism among us everyday and we all are beginning to live in the same fashion and modeling industry together with great joy”. Matthew Okosodo.
As the world continue to ravished in different evolution also the evolution of albinism is spreading and changing the fashion industry in Nigeria.
List of some of the people with albinism that have taking the fashion and modeling industry by storms in Nigeria.
- Prosper Ogwa
- Kofoworola Komolafe
- Chukwu Ebuka
- Efemena Ewhero
- Vivian Ademijo
- Taiwo Olateju
These few persons are exceptional, and they have change the narrative and with them, others in the same circle are beginning to develop interest in fashion and modeling industry.
This picture below depict the relationship between albino model and a black model, both taking the Nigeria fashion and modeling industry to the next level.
In the world today, Connie Chiu (born 1969) is a fashion model and jazz musician known for being the world’s first fashion model with albinism, and she has been considered as the mother of all albinos in modeling as she open the door of fashion modeling for others in same circle.
Some of the most successful fashion model with albinism are Jewell Jeffrey, Nastya Zhidkova, Thando Hopa, Refilwe Modiselle, Dandria Forrest, Amal Sofi, Stephen Thompson, Alyona Subbotina among other notable fashion model.
“I now realize that I have a platform to inspire young girls, and as someone who never had a role model who looked like me when I was growing up, I now hope to be able to show that albinism can be beautiful and is just another kind of normal,” says Thando Hopa.
Dandria Forrest was ridiculed for being “different” but now everything is totally different because she grew up to be a beautiful young woman, who is primed to become a force in the fashion world and the modeling world, make unimaginable amounts of money, travel the globe and live a lavish, pampered lifestyle that most of us can only imagine. She was discovered by a modeling agent while walking down a street.
The future is bright for everyone of them, the momentum and the narrative has change and the world is waiting to witness a new dawn and a new generation of influencer in among ALBINISM.