Tiffany was referred to do a session with me, by our friend Katie.
When Tiffany told me she wanted to do a photo shoot that showed her vitiligo, I was doubly excited to work with her.
My exact words were “I’m stoked you want to work with me and that you want to highlight your vitiligo! I love working with models who exude beauty through their confidence and personality. We can definitely do some portraits that are in line with your idea.”
For those who are not familiar with vitiligo, here is a brief definition from the American Academy of Dermatology:
“Vitiligo (vit-uh-lie-go) causes the skin to lose its natural color. Patches of lighter skin appear. Some people develop a few patches. Others lose much more skin color.
Vitiligo can also affect other parts of your body. A section of hair can turn white. Some people lose color inside their mouths. Even an eye can lose some of its color.
What causes this color loss is still a mystery. We do know that vitiligo is not contagious. It is not life-threatening.”
I love fierce models and Tiffany is the very definition of fierce. She joins the ranks of fearless models showing their true selves, like Winnie Harlow, a model from America’s Next Top Model. Tyra Banks said : “Her [Winnie] skin breaks down barriers of what is considered beautiful.”
Tiffany, you are absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for letting me take these photos and allowing me to share your beauty with the world.
A. Rowan Photo