Around 74 million people across the globe have vitiligo. It’s a long-term condition where white patches develop on the skin, caused by a lack of melanin or skin pigment.
Vitiligo can affect any area of skin. It varies from person to person, with some only getting a few small patches and others getting bigger patches of depigmented skin that join up, but it can affect anyone of any race, gender and background – including celebrities and people in the spotlight.
With vitiligo being discussed, embraced and celebrated more and more on social media, there has also been a rise in celebrities opening up and talking about their own experiences with the skin condition. We’ve taken a look at five popular people who celebrate vitiligo.
1 – Dean Edwards
Celebrity chef Dean is a whizz in the kitchen. He also has vitiligo, which he’s been covering up for many years. In 2017, Dean appeared on daytime TV programme Lorraine, and revealed his patches to thousands of viewers. Since then, he’s spoken more and more about the condition on his social media platforms, educating his fans and followers about it. Dean has been a long-time supporter of VITILIGLOW™ and regularly tweets his support for what we do. In fact, Dean has used VITILIGLOW™ to cover his patches when he’s appeared on TV and nobody even knew he had vitiligo!
(Photography credit: Brock Elbank / https://www.instagram.com/p/BqIS59vls1h/)
More recently, Dean was featured in Brock Elbank’s photography project. London-based Elbank is a talented photographer who has focused more recently on skin conditions, scars and the uniqueness of the human body.
2 – Winnie Harlow
Widely known for strutting her stuff down the catwalk, Canadian fashion model Winnie is a style icon who also happens to have vitiligo.
The America’s Next Top Model contestant has more recently become recognised as a public spokesperson for vitiligo, and she’s empowered thousands of people to embrace their depigmented patches and be proud.
3 – Lee Thomas
The Vitiligo Society Patron and Fox 2 News Reporter, Lee Thomas has been generating much-needed conversation about vitiligo, helping to raise awareness of the condition. Like many of us who choose to use a camouflage makeup, like VITILIGLOW™, to cover our depigmented patches, Lee turned to heavy makeup application for years.
When we met Lee at the Vitiligo Society’s Open Day in 2018, he explained that he covers up his patches when he’s on TV because he wants viewers to listen to what he’s saying rather than being distracted by his skin. He’s not embarrassed about vitiligo but he doesn’t want vitiligo to take the focus away from his news stories.
4 – Demi Sims
Best known for starring in The Only Way Is Essex and being the younger sister of Chloe Sims, Demi took to Instagram in May to talk for the first time about her journey with vitiligo. After the photo was posted, Demi’s Instagram feed was full of discussion about the condition and she has become an online role model for many young adults with vitiligo.
(Photography credit: Demi Sims / https://www.instagram.com/p/BxIVRXon54v/)
5 – Kaiden Williams
Since appearing in Primark adverts in December 2018, 13-year-old Kaiden has inspired thousands of children and young people with vitiligo to feel confident in their own skin.
Kaiden proudly promoted Primark’s kids’ sportswear range in many Primark stores across the country, and has sparked all-important conversations between parents and children about what vitiligo is and how it makes people unique.
(Photograph source: https://vitiligosociety.org/vitlife/kaiden-williams-child-star-of-primark/)
Some people choose to go out with their patches on show. Others of us feel more confident using all-in-one product VITILIGLOW™ to cover up our depigmented patches to blend them in with our natural skin tone, and that’s the very reason I launched VITILIGLOW™. It’s so important that we feel comfortable and confident in our own skin, and that’s what VITILIGLOW™ can help you with.
If you want to learn more about vitiligo or feel like you need some support, The Vitiligo Society can provide so much advice and guidance. Just like the team at VITILIGLOW™, The Vitiligo Society believe that it’s important to educate others about vitiligo and create support groups for people with the condition.
Polly Gotschi x
I’m very excited to announce that we have a new VITILIGLOW™ partner! Founded by Babs Forman, Skin Confident helps clients conceal skin conditions including vitiligo, scars, rosacea, birthmarks, acne and more. The brands that Babs recommends (including VITILIGLOW™!) can give you long-lasting, waterproof coverage and can easily be incorporated into your everyday lifestyle and routine.
Selected as one of the ‘100 inspirational Women for 2016’ by the BBC, Babs is a fully-qualified make-up artist and skin camouflage practitioner. She has a deep understanding of all skin tones and types after training at the Delamar Academy at Ealing Studios and working in film and TV for a number of years. Babs initially qualified as a solicitor and practiced law, but then retrained to follow her passion to help people feel more confident in their own skin. Babs has worked with many clients (including celebrities, sports personalities and actors) and made up hundreds of faces – all of which have different skin types and tones. Having suffered from burns scars herself, Babs feels very strongly about making everyone feel confident about their skin, which is completely in-line with our mantra at VITILIGLOW™. I believe that feeling happy and self-confident in your own skin is so important!
Skin camouflage products, like VITILIGLOW™, help to conceal skin conditions that have changed the pigmentation in your skin. For example, vitiligo creates depigmented patches of skin, which can be concealed using VITILIGLOW™. Babs advises that, as long as your skin isn’t broken or contagious, there’s no reason why skin camouflage won’t work. You can conceal your pigmentation so that it blends with the surrounding skin and is much less visible!
During a consultation with Babs, she works with the client to find the best possible skin camouflage for the individual. No two cases are the same, and Babs has high-quality products that will conceal your pigmentation without looking too heavy or ‘cakey’. Babs will then talk through how to recreate the look so that clients can go home knowing that they can recreate exactly what Babs has achieved in the consultation, which I think is such an important and useful step in helping clients integrate skin camouflage into their everyday lifestyles and daily routines.
Last week, Babs had great success covering a client’s hormonal pigmentation marks using Vitiliglow. She used Medium Cool and Tan Medium in two layers, which completely concealed the marks.
Both VITILIGLOW™ and Skin Confident believe in empowering you to go about your daily life with more confidence. If you’re interested in learning more about Babs and Skin Confident, visit www.londonskincamouflage.co.uk.
This week, people across the globe will be celebrating World Vitiligo Day on Tuesday 25th June. Whether you have vitiligo or know someone who does, there are more than 50 million people with vitiligo worldwide, and World Vitiligo Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate body confidence and raise awareness of vitiligo.
First celebrated in 2011, World Vitiligo Day was created to generate conversation about vitiligo, fight prejudice, educate others about the condition and raise funds for research. Over the past eight years, World Vitiligo Day has become a global event celebrated and recognised in many countries around the world.
Inspire and raise funds
From Winnie Harlow to Brian Friedman, there are a whole range of celebrities raising the profile of vitiligo, but you can too! Talking about the condition, how it makes you feel and what you’ve done to boost your confidence and self-esteem can inspire others with the condition who may feel insecure about their depigmented skin, for example.
Many vitiligo advocates, researchers and dermatologists will be celebrating World Vitiligo Day on 25th June to help generate discussion and raise vital funds for further research into vitiligo, which many medical and skin experts say is significantly under-researched.
This year, World Vitiligo Day will focus on the mental and medical journey of vitiligo, including the announcement of treatment updates and discussions on social media.
The Houston Vitiligo Awareness Conference, which is a three-day event also held in June, will be hosting a panel discussion promoting open dialogue about the social impact of vitiligo, which is such an important part of the condition. This year’s focus on mental and medical health reflects the ever-growing conversation about the role of mental health and vitiligo. If you’d like to listen to what the panel have to say about the social impact of the condition, you can find them on Facebook. Their Facebook Page has a useful schedule of key speakers and event timings.
Whether you feel super confident in your skin or you’re looking for a reliable product to cover up your vitiligo, you can read more of our blog posts over on our blog page, or you can visit our online shop to purchase VITILIGLOW™.
I hope you have a great time on 25th June celebrating World Vitiligo Day. I’m really looking forward to joining in with the discussion on social media!
This week, from 13th-19th May, has been all about raising awareness of mental health. The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 is Body Image – an extremely relevant topic for those of us who have vitiligo, a condition that affects the skin and creates areas of depigmentation. Skin diseases like vitiligo can affect peoples’ everyday lives, mental health and confidence.
We recently caught up with some friends of Vitiliglow™, all of whom live with vitiligo – or as Nike has said, “Vitiligo’s got to live with me!”
Polly Gotschi, founder of Vitiliglow™, has vitiligo, and her sons do, too! One of Polly’s sons, Nike, explains about his experience of living with vitiligo.
“When you get something that’s going to affect your looks, it does have an effect on you, but I just look at it like this: I’ve not got to live with vitiligo – vitiligo’s got to live with me! I’m not going to let it affect me or change what I do. I’ve embraced it.”
Joti, a close friend of Vitiliglow™, kindly shared her experience of living with vitiligo and how it affects her everyday life. “I have been testing the waters by going out with and without make up, and I’ll tell my daughter that I’m a bit conscious of how I feel sometimes and that I’m going to apply a little bit of makeup, and she’ll tell me not to do it! She says, ‘If people look, they’ll look.’”
Joti continues, “I’m trying to get her to be confident with her own body but also, as she gets older, to know what to say if children say to her at the school gate, ‘What’s that on your mummy’s hand?’ I want her to be in a position where she can respond and say ‘Look, this is what my mum’s got, she can’t change it, she’s still my mum, she does what other mums do, and the colour doesn’t define who she is.’”
Founder of Vitiliglow™, Polly, explains how she feels about her son, Nike, having vitiligo too. “I feel terrible that he might have inherited it from me because it can be hereditary... but then there are a lot of worse things he could’ve got from me!”
Body Image matters, and it’s important that we all practise self-care and self-love, and boost our self-esteem if we need to. Take some time this Mental Health Awareness Week to focus on yourself, and remember that help and support is always available.