This is the story of Stephanie Muro Yashimura. A perfect marriage of our humanity and hotness branches.
When Stephanie was 14-years-old a white spot began to appear on her face.
It didn’t take long for her a doctor to diagnose her with Vitiligo.
Vitiligo is a condition that causes your skin to lose pigment cells. This loss of skin color causes white patches to occur on the skin.
Teenage years are tough on anyone, but with Stephanie’s added baggage of Vitiligo she struggled with self-consciousness more than most.
Stephanie did a lot to try and combat her vitiligo and would sometimes wear long-sleeved attire in an attempt to cover up her growing spots.
Before she turned 21 over 4/5ths of the skin on her body lost its pigment cells.
At a certain point Stephanie made the decision that she no longer wanted to receive treatment. She chose to embrace herself for who she was.
In 2020, she participated in a photoshoot with a makeup artist in her hometown. It went well. Confidence and validation followed.
She now posts Vitiligo-positive posts encouraging others to love themselves and their bodies.
“Vitiligo awareness month. Even if unintentionally, this has become a topic around here, right? Lol so I chose a picture that wasn’t going to post, to show how beautiful and sexy I feel just because I have vitiligo.”“I feel so free to be able to be myself and I know that for that to happen I had to seek information and references to find myself as a person.”
Although I don’t know this person, it’s cool to see her grow and watch how she can turn her own personal pain into comfort and inspiration for others. Hotness and humanity, folks.
“When I accept myself, I free myself from the weight of needing you to accept me.”