Being Different is Simply Fabulous
If you do not know her already the gorgeous lady above is called Chantelle Brown-Young. She was a contestant on America's Next Top Model and head hunted (so to speak) by Tyra Banks. Tyra found her Instagram page and was blown away by the confidence Chantelle showed in her pictures. As you can see Chantelle has an incurable disease called Vitiligo.
What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a long-term condition that causes pale, white patches to develop on the skin due to the lack of a chemical called melanin. Vitiligo can affect any area of your skin, but most commonly occurs on skin exposed to the sun, such as your face, neck and hands. The condition varies from person to person. Some people only get a few small, white patches, but others get bigger white patches that join up across large areas of their skin.
There is no way of predicting how much skin will be affected. The white patches are usually permanent.
As you can see from above, despite the fact that some could say Chantelle definitely looks 'different' and in my opinion 'unique'; she has not allowed this to stop her from going after life with confidence and passion. Look at her, to me she is stunning, beautiful and has an absolutely radiantglow about her. The question I ask myself when I see people who are confident and fearless of what people think about them is:
'How did she get to the place where she accepted and embraced who she was?
When Chantelle was 12 she says she hated her illness and was constantly called names at school such as 'Zebra'!
But today she is a fashion model living a life that many could and can only dream about. In my opinion, she has achieved so much because she decided that she was good enough. It's amazing what we can achieve when we set our mind on something, and choose to be positive about ourselves rather than negative.
It is a choice that we make. To see how truly amazing and limitless we are in this life and take risks rather than going through life wondering 'what if'.
Life is to be lived to the full are you truly living?
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Read more from Sharlene-Moniqué at her blog Be Uniquely You here.