Après avoir dissimulé la dépigmentation de sa peau pendant douze ans, l’ancien mannequin Breanna Rice a révélé à la fin du mois de juin être atteinte de vitiligo depuis l’âge de 19 ans.
A 31 ans, la reine de beauté a décidé de ne plus rien cacher des effets de cette maladie auto-immune qui change la couleur de certaines zones de la peau des personnes qui en sont atteintes.
✨Today is World Vitiligo Day! Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease where your body attacks its own skin cells, and you lose pigmentation. Mine started when I was around 19, and I lost nearly over half of the pigmentation on my face. To be honest, it was pretty devastating to my self esteem, and I wouldn't go outside without makeup on or sunglasses. It took me a long time to feel confident enough to be able to be public with it, and accept that I don't have perfectly pigmented skin. People would tell me "you're beautiful," but I never actually believed it because of my insecurities. I lived in fear and was constantly worried by the fact that it could spread to other areas of my body at any time. This was the first photoshoot I did (although super blended) where I left some of my vitiligo semi-exposed. Sometimes things happen in our life that are totally out of our control, or we have a health issue or an insecurity. We cannot always control our circumstances, but we can change how we view ourselves and learning to be comfortable in our own skin. To my friends who also have vitiligo: I understand how hard this can be at times, but don't let your value be defined by the fact that you don't have perfectly pigmented skin. It's how you see yourself that matters most, and guess what-YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL✨ #worldvitiligoday #vitiligo #vitiligoworld #model #modeling #beauty #skin #autoimmune #skincare #health #digestion #fashion #vitiligolove #vitiligobeauty #youarebeautiful #media #press
Aider les autres patients à assumer
Sur son compte Instagram, la jeune femme a ainsi récemment mis en ligne un selfie la montrant sans maquillage, ainsi que des clichés de son visage pris par imagerie médicale.
La démarche de Breanna Rice a pour but d’aider les autres patients souffrant de cette pathologie parfois difficile à assumer les symptômes les plus visibles du vitiligo. « Acceptez ce qui vous rend différent et unique », « C’est à vous de décider que vous êtes séduisants et que vous avez confiance en vous », ou encore « Rien ne vous oblige à ressembler à qui que ce soit », conseille le mannequin sur Instagram.
🌄Good morning from Arizona! I feel so blessed to be able to wake up to this beautiful view! One of the hardest things about warm climates like this is making sure my vitiligo(which I only have on my face) doesn't get extreme sun exposure. I have no pigment, so it will burn from sun exposure, which makes it quite painful and can be embarrassing at times. This also makes it very noticeable because I have an olive skin tone and it tans the areas around that have healthy pigment. This was hard to accept at first, but it's what I have to do when the sun comes around. To be honest, I use to fear warm vacations because it made it nearly impossible to hide my vitiligo on my face and I'd just end up sweating it off. I've been enjoying this trip more than any of my other trips because I'm the most comfortable I've ever been being seen in public and not having "perfect" evenly pigmented skin. 💗 Beauty does not mean perfection, it means loving yourself and being comfortable with how you are uniquely different. We are are uniquely beautiful, and no one can be YOU but YOU--so start loving yourself💗. #vitiligo #vitiligobeauty #vitiligolove #vacay #outdoors #arizona #travel #selflove #beyou #encouragement #summer #nutrition #happiness #seattle #immune #autoimmune
Last week I visited the Doctor to perform a series of scans on my face, to see exactly how much current pigmentation I've lost due to Vitiligo(an autoimmune disease where your body attacks its own skin cells and you lose pigmentation). Lately I've noticed new loss of pigmentation on my forehead, and now it's also begun on the top of my lips. There is a direct correlation to the health of the digestive tract and the overall health of the body. For me this started with undiagnosed food allergies, chronic stress and unwanted pathogens, which then lead to autoimmune disease. When our body is in a constant state of inflammation or in a high stress environment, our immune system takes a large hit. I experienced this firsthand, starting at a young age. I've gotten some pigmentation back through feeding my body the right nutrients, but stress can also trigger an instant immune response. I've lost almost all of the pigment on my nose and my eyelids. My chin has a large area also, but due to the position of the scanner it did not show up in the photos. The hardest part about this is that it's on my face, and it takes a lot of work for me to have the appearance of normal skin. When I saw these photos last week, it was very upsetting, but I have accepted this condition and this is my own personal journey. It's been a very long journey, but I've learned to love myself and not let something like this define whether I feel confident about myself and deem whether or not I'm beautiful. In all my years of living, I've learned that if you place your confidence and whether or not you feel beautiful based on an idea of (your own standard of)perfection or comparing yourself to someone else, you will always be unhappy. You can decide to be beautiful and confident because you're YOU and you're not supposed to be or look like anyone else. #Vitiligo #selflove #loveyourself #beautiful #youarebeautiful #vitiligobeauty #nutrition #autoimmune #immune #inspire #encourage #love #beyou #digestion #allergy #health #naturalhealth
Un système digestif affaibli
La nouvelle porte-parole des malades atteints de vitiligo, pour lesquels aucun traitement n’est disponible, raconte également son parcours personnel, qui a vu le stress et les allergies alimentaires affaiblir son système digestif et permettre à la pathologie de se développer et aux taches cutanées d’apparaître. Un phénomène que le mannequin a donc désormais décidé d’assumer et de ne plus recouvrir d’un lourd maquillage.