Thursday, June 25, 2015

Model Temi stuns in new photos as she marks Work Vitiligo Day


There is a lot of stigmatization that surrounds Vitiligo (pronounced Vi-Ti-Lai-Go). The skin condition is caused by de-pigmentation of some parts of the skin and usually occurs when skin pigment cells die or are unable to function. 

This skin condition is rare with worldwide incidences averaging 1% with most people who're affected being diagnosed before the age of 40. Temilola Omobajesu, a model affected with vitiligo, states that the confidence within you is the key to overcome the 'stigma'. 

 "It took me some years to really accept Vitiligo. Vitiligo affected my modelling dreams and aspirations. Most Directors and Agents would tell me they couldn’t work with me. Some would even say it to my face that they need girls with beautiful skin not my patches." Temilola has started Viti-Dence Foundation, an NGO dedicated to the morale boosting of people with vitiligo and workshops on how to live with vitiligo with confidence, hence the name Viti-Dence (#vitiligo / #confidence.)
June 25th is World Vitiligo Day and Temilola celebrates it with an extensive photoshoot showcasing the confidence that says #InOurSkinWeWin! 

Purple is the international symbol colour for vitiligo!

Today, Temilola is an accomplished supermodel, video vixen for several top music videos, and a make-up artiste.
For information and support on Vitiligo, check the official page of VITI-DENCE on twitter and Instagram: @vitidence 
You can also follow her on twitter and instagram: @temynikan

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