A 31 ans, Breanne Rice termine sa carrière de mannequin et décide de lever le voile sur sa maladie, qu'elle passait des heures à tenter de dissimuler sous des couches de maquillage. Car Breanne est atteinte de Vitiligo, une maladie de l'épiderme qui se caractérise par une dépigmentation de la peau. Diagnostiquée à 19 ans, comme elle l'explique sur son compte Instagram, elle en a beaucoup souffert : "Je ne pouvais pas me regarder dans le miroir sans me mettre à pleurer et me sentir indésirable."
Désormais thérapeute nutritionnelle à Seattle, l'ancien mannequin a décidé de s'assumer et poste souvent des photos d'elle sans maquillage : "Il n'y a rien que je puisse faire. Je peux seulement m'aimer comme je suis et ne pas laisser ma situation définir ma valeur et mon estime de moi. De toute façon, quelle est la définition de la beauté ?" . Une histoire qui n'est pas sans rappeler celle du top Winnie Harlow, atteinte de la même maladie, devenue égérie Desigual à seulement 22 ans.
At 19, I was diagnosed with vitiligo, and it spread rapidly causing me to lose over half of the pigment on my face. Yeah. Not the bottom of my foot or my arm..but ONLY on my face. I got really good at doing my makeup, and I didn't want anyone to know about it. I couldn't look in the mirror without crying, and feeling unattractive. When I am exposed to the sun, it tans my healthy skin and leaves my vitiligo even more noticeable. It's taken me a very long time to be able to go public with this, and to walk around publicly without any makeup. Why? Because it's my face. Although I would like to say I am super confident and it never gets to me, sometimes it does. Some days people make comments saying "what happened to your face?!" Sometimes if I have a crush on someone I am worried about them seeing me without makeup and worry that they won't think I'm cute. It's like ohh hey by the way..this is the real me underneath all this. You know what though, I own it. There's not much I can do about it. I can only love myself, and not let my circumstances define my value or self-worth. What is the definition of beautiful anyway? Is it being perfect? What do you see when you look in the mirror? Perhaps you have a circumstance or something about yourself that you are insecure about. Don't let it define you. You deserve love, and you are beautiful ???? #vitiligo #beauty #perfect #seattle #health #holistic #nutrition #inspire #encourage #love #selfworth #loveyourself #digestion #autoimmune #vitiligoselfie #vitiligolove #vitiligobeauties #healing #healthyskin #skin #pigment #inspiring #inspirational #vitiligo #love #selflove #beauty
??This week I had quite a bit of direct sun exposure on my face, which I haven't had in quite some time. When I get direct sun exposure, it tans my olive skin and leaves my vitiligo bright white, as it lacks skin pigment, making it more noticeable. I noticed after my day of sun and fun, that my forehead had newly developed vitiligo in small clusters. I'm not going to lie, I freaked out. The day after I gave a talk on nutrition for autoimmune disease and how I've worked on healing my gut and my vitiligo has not spread an ounce in years(and I've gotten some pigment back) I notice some new developments. I didn't want to get upset and tried to just pretend I didn't notice, but when I think about it, what person would not be upset that they are losing pigment on their face? It is very upsetting, but it's me. It's my life and my story. Stuff happens. It's life. Everyone has insecurities. EVERYONE. We are all going to face something, a circumstance, issue(maybe health related), an insecurity ect. It's how we choose to react to these things that will determine how our life story will come about. Maybe you have something you're insecure about, or are going through a rough situation or health issue. Don't let it define you or steal your joy. Learning to love yourself with your insecurities and being okay with just being YOU is a magical thing. The people who belong in your life will love you for who you are, and want to join you along your journey ?? #vitiligo #autoimmune #autoimmunedisease #encouragement #vitiligolove #beauty #digestion #selflove #immune #allergy #holistichealth #womenencouragingwomen #loveyourself #inspire #beyou #health #naturalhealth #organic #nutrition #food #foodie #speaker #nature