She was born with an inherited depigmentation of her skin from head to toe that can lead to discrimination and even death. Hopa uses a magnifying glass to read, is not allowed to drive, and shuns stilettos. So her first jaunt down a catwalk was something of a miracle.
"It's one of the most beautiful pictures I've had taken," says Hopa, though it took years for her to grow comfortable with a bare face, her pale eyebrows almost invisible.
"I was much younger then. I could never go out without make-up... But as time goes on, your confidence just grows," she says. "It took years for me to get to a point where I could walk around without make-up."
The third born in a family of four children, her youngest sibling was also born with albinism. Hopa grew up with seemingly little to complain about, doted on by a filmmaker mother and an engineer father who never missed a chance to tell her she was "the most beautiful little girl".
"The dress was gorgeous –- black and green. I can tell you, I have never felt so expensive in my life, she said in regards to her first modelling job on the runway.
But I was actually so scared because in essence that was the first time I really walked in heels. I was even saying a little prayer when I was walking, 'God, please don't let me fall on this catwalk!' I was absolutely frightened."
It's a memory she can laugh at now she's 25 and confident.