I’ve found Instagram a real treasure-trove for discussing and promoting positive mental health, body positivity and chats about vitiligo. I’ve now had vitiligo for over 25 years and it really knocked my confidence, but being able to follow such positive, inspirational people on Instagram can really help you feel part of a ‘vitiligo community’ if, like me, you feel conscious of your vitiligo and nervous about showing your patches. I still choose to cover my vitiligo, and that’s totally okay, but you want to embrace your skin and show it to the world, joining the vitiligo community on Instagram and following a few of these Instagram accounts can help you feel more confident and part of a supportive, understanding community.
Mohamed is obsessed with travel, engineering and sustainability… but he’s also a proud ‘vitiligan’!
Giih’s Instagram feed is packed with self-love and self-esteem! She shares lots of natural vitiligo photos.
British-Asian presenter and influencer Joti is a championing representation in the media. Her feed features herself and lots of other people with vitiligo and visual differences.
Mehak is Pakistan’s first vitiligo ambassador. Her content is bright, fun and inspiring.
AlexMimi is a makeup-lover and fur baby mum, so expect lots of cute pet pics and makeup ideas from her vitiligo-positive Instagram feed.
Kirps is a vitiligo advocate, model and actor. His Instagram feed is full of inspiring vitiligo photography. (Photo credit: @thedanclarke)
Los Angeles-based Claire believes in and promotes self-confidence. She thinks we should be proud of our vitiligo, and her beachy, summery photos definitely reflect that!
Natalie is a UK content creator and freelancer. She works with Stylist Magazine, Cosmopolitan and Dove, and she’s a Changing Faces ambassador. Her feed is full of lifestyle chat, body positivity, self-love and real talk!
Model Faried has great links with Vitiligo Awareness International (@vitiligoawarenessint) and he is brand ambassador for @vitiligo.awareness.store, so he posts lots of brilliant vitiligo photography. Faried also shares lots of videos from people around the world who have vitiligo.
Based in Germany, Hanni focuses on vitiligo skincare. She posts about skincare products, how to look after your skin, and self-care, which is such an important part of wellbeing that a lot of people forget about.
Sina is a vitiligo model in Germany. She posts unique photography of herself, focusing on her vitiligo and body confidence.
Jett is an actor and model with vitiligo. He posts great selfies and car photography but also some really inspirational quotes and affirmations.
A contemporary dancer and model, Anita shares lots of vitiligo selfies and dance photography. Her feed is inspiring and colourful.
Jovana has a great stories highlights reel on vitiligo beauty and feeling confident. She posts lots of fun selfies and motivational quotes.
There are so many more inspiring people on Instagram, and it’s a great place to talk about vitiligo and share your own journey with others. Try following the hashtags #vitiligonation, #vitiligosociety, #vitiliglow, #vitiligo, #vitiligopeople and #vitiligoworld.
I recently took part in Vitiligo Association Australia’s camouflage workshop via Zoom. If you haven’t heard of them, the VAA was founded in September 2010 for patient support, public education and the promotion of research into vitiligo within Australia. Anyone with an interest in vitiligo can join the VAA, which is a not-for-profit association.
At VITILIGLOW®, we have a large customer base in Australia as many people with vitiligo choose to cover up their patches before heading to the beach. The camouflage workshop featured a wide range of camouflage products and companies, and I was delighted to be asked to talk about VITILIGLOW®.
Speakers and experts in the workshop included camouflage expert Joanna Blair. She is a professional makeup artist, director of Joanna Blair School of Makeup and over 20 years of experience with paramedical camouflage makeup. Joanna teaches people with vitiligo how to apply camouflage makeup on themselves.
If you didn’t get the chance to join the Zoom meeting, you can watch the full video here: