Albinos are people who do not produce enough melanin - the pigment responsible for skin, hair and eye color. The reason for this is the absence of the enzyme tyrosinase needed for the colour formation. As a result, albinos have light skin, white or very light blond hair.
Nature is cruel and rejects the different. In the past, albinos faced significant discrimination and social exclusion. Their unusual appearance was often the object of ridicule and led to their isolation from society.
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Albino Models Who Have Changed the Fashion Industry
In recent years, the fashion industry began to change its perception of beauty and included albinos in its campaigns and shows. Some photographers even pay special attention to albinos to draw attention to their extraordinary beauty.
Generation Z are people whose main mission is to be different. They refuse to follow in the footsteps of their parents. They accept people with disabilities, they are tolerant towards everyone with different sexual orientation, religious or even political views.
Famous photographers today pay special attention to albinos to draw attention to their extraordinary beauty.
One of the first albino models to become a fashion icon is Shaun Ross. He appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine in 1997 and has since worked with some of the biggest brands in fashion such as Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier and Tom Ford. Sean Ross' presence in the fashion industry helped albinos to be accepted as equals.
Interestingly, Sean Ross has appeared in music videos for Lana Del Rey, Beyonce and Katy Perry and he has his own hashtag called InMySkinIWin aiming to change perceptions of classic beauty. "If we spare the time to listen to the criticisms of others, then we realize that those criticisms are actually a product of their own fears and insecurities," says Ross.
The unusual appearance and porcelain skin of Stephen Thompson took him to the catwalk, although he never dreamed of a modeling career.
His photos have appeared on the pages of many fashion magazines and Stephen is a sought-after face for the advertising campaigns of many leading brands. He has a twin brother who is not albino.
"People want to be rebels and change their appearance. What you can say about me - I'm just a born rebel. My genes are rebellious," he says.
Sanele Junior Xaba
Sanele Xaba is the first male model with albinism in South Africa. He got into the fashion industry when he was 16 years old.
The road to his self-acceptance is long until a South African modeling agency takes his confidence to a whole new level. He has appeared in magazines such as GQ and Marie Claire.
"I want to be seen as a model with a different shade, not just a model without pigmentation. I do not want to be seen as suffering from an illness," he says.
Nastya Zhidkova was named the most beautiful albino girl in the world. She was born in 1996 in Russia. As a teenager, she did not accept her appearance and dyed her hair and even her eyelashes.
Beautiful Nastya changed the fashion industry in Russia and the world. She is also a talented singer.