Vitiligo can be a hard disease to deal with and it can seem at times as if there is no way to deal with it successfully. Though the condition isn't life-threatening, It can deeply impact a person's self-esteem as people with vitiligo may be subjected to harsh judgments and bullying. But instead of trying to hide vitiligo, some are embracing their unique look, and even booking high-profile modeling gigs and creating viral body art, proving to the world that the condition should be celebrated, not ridiculed.
Kay Black, aka Kay Customz, creates unique custom-made dolls inspired by real people. Her newest, beautiful creations are amazing dolls with vitiligo. The artist paints the skin of her dolls with intricate patterns inspired by images of women and girls who have this condition and creates different styles fitting each doll.
She's known for being a talented Black doll (and unique earring) designer, but recently started gaining more attention for her efforts to represent people with vitiligo.
Kay believes that dolls tend to influence how kids see themselves. In most cases, it also influences how they see others and how they define beauty, which is why she designed and now sells these dolls with the pigmentation illness.
Since Winnie Harlow, a vitiligo-stricken model came into the spotlight, people changed their tune.
Winnie has suffered from vitiligo since the age of 4. Growing up with dying skin cells responsible for pigmentation resulted in her being bullied and called names like "cow." But years later she wound up a contestant on Americas' Next Top Model.
Naturally, Kay was inspired by Winnie's struggles and heartache when she designed the dolls.
These dolls help show kids how special their skin differences are, and encourage them to feel more confident in their appearance. They also help build confidence and inspire creativity, and can also be used as a tool to teach others about the skin condition.