The story of an albino girl who became a model
Thursday, June 17, 2021 15:40 PM (GMT+7)
Xueli wanted from her case to help break the conventional beauty standards, not that white is beautiful and black and yellow are bad.
“Xue” means snow and “Li” means beautiful, a suitable name for this albino model. The name was given to her 16 years ago at an orphanage in China. Xueli is changing the way the world sees albinism and giving voice to those who look different from the modeling industry’s untouchable beauty standards.
An abandoned albino girl had a rough start in life. Albinism is still considered a curse or bad luck in many parts of China. In addition, Xueli was born during China’s one-child policy. She was abandoned outside the orphanage but was later adopted by a Dutch family at the age of 3.
Xueli started modeling at the age of 11 for a friend of her mother’s who was a fashion designer. This kicked off her career when she was approached by talent agencies. Albinism, which is an inherited condition, involves varying degrees of vision problems. Xueli has about 8% to 10% vision. Because of this, she often closes her eyes during photo shoots. She said on her Instagram that this is “because the light is almost always too bright. When I open my eyes, I almost try to close them…”
Xueli says her “more negative experiences range from being abandoned as a child to sometimes being excluded from school for being different”. She said the experience “was very difficult, of course, but it also made me stronger.”
Despite the significant modeling industry, Xueli has become widely successful. At just 16 years old, she was featured in major publications, including Vogue. Her images have also been exhibited in museums, and she has modeled for various fashion brands.
In an interview, Xueli was asked how she maintains her self-esteem and confidence in an industry as important as modeling, and she has this to say: “Although I follow modeling career, but this is not my life purpose. I really enjoy photo shoots and I’ve only had positive experiences so far, but I don’t want to depend solely on this job or for self-esteem reasons. “
In other words, Xueli is not looking for endorsements from the modeling industry, as her narcissism comes from within. “The fashion industry is an important industry with norms and standards that are hard to reach. It’s good that the industry is now embracing diversity and releasing models of all colors, possibly disabled and not super skinny.” She said: “People with disabilities or having different looks should also feel more confident about what they can do and achieve.”
Similarly, she doesn’t want her modeling career as an albino woman to fall prey to stereotypes. “Models with albinism are often stereotyped in photo shoots as depicting angels or ghosts and that makes me sad. Especially because it perpetuates beliefs that endanger the lives of children with albinism in countries like Tanzania and Malawi. ” She wants the media to give voice to the downtrodden in society: “The more people feel represented and the more societies learn to accept diversity, the more inclusive we become. enter more.” Xueli wants from her case to help break the conventional beauty standards, not that white is beautiful and black and yellow are bad.
It is undeniable that the appearance of these girls has contributed to the attraction of comment programs…
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