“It’s Called Vitiligo.” Woman With Vitiligo Says It All With A Tattoo

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A woman with the Vitiligo gets a tattoo that explains her skin condition loud and clear.

by Steve Schnibbe
by Steve Schnibbe

Vitiligo has always been a misunderstood skin condition. Even the late King of Pop Michael Jackson only made people skeptical about the truth in it. But it does exist and some women are taking a stand and speaking up about Vitiligo and how their skin condition does not define them.

Early last year, a model named Winnie Harlow became the face of many campaigns after she chose to bare herself and show everyone just how comfortable she is in her own skin, her Vitiligo is only giving her strength to stand up instead of dragging her down. And recently, another woman with Vitiligo is standing up against the subject—the subject that’s pushing her and many others to be ashamed of something they had no control over, such as Vitiligo.

Whitney Grant-Posteraro/Instagram
Whitney Grant-Posteraro/Instagram

25-year-old Whitney Posteraro was very clear about it when she added a new addition to her growing tattoo collection. Written permanently on her arm are the words, “It’s called Vitiligo.” She’s not a burn victim, she’s not contagious, she hasn’t been attacked with acid, or anything else people may think of her appearance.

Pictured, young Whitney Grant.
Pictured, young Whitney Grant.

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Like many others with Vitiligo, self-esteem was an issue with Whitney “My body image and self-esteem has been something I've struggled with for years, as has many others,” Tiffany wrote on Instagram.

Pictured, Whitney Grant-Posteraro.
Pictured, Whitney Grant-Posteraro.

“I have learned that what I see in the mirror is the only opinion that matters because I have to live with that opinion on a daily basis. Society may tell us that 'perfection' is beautiful but beauty is relative,” Whitney shares.

But now, she’s accepted her skin condition whole and as a part of her she has nothing to be ashamed about. “I wanted to share with people what it is because that way they would learn something, rather than stigmatising.”

Women's Health Magazine
Women's Health Magazine

“I decided to get the tattoo for that reason – to answer the questions in their heads and give them something to actually stare at.” Now instead of wondering what accident could have caused her skin to turn out that way, people part with Whitney enlightened and even inspired by her choice. “They know I didn't get burnt in a fire. They know there's a term for what I have,” she told The Daily Mail.

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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