GALLERY: ‘Spot-Fidence’

Brittany LaRue noticed her vitiligo when she was 18-years-old. She’s 34 now. LaRue has been called a cheetah, cashiers don’t want to touch her hand when she pays in cash and she was even asked had she been burned. She was depressed for 10 years, but finally gained confidence in 2012 after going to a conference for vitiligo in Clearwater, Florida. “I made myself pack shorts, tank tops and other clothes that wouldn’t cover me up. I just wanted to be me again and after that weekend I was,” she said.

Ebony Cox

Some have been “moo’d” at like they were cows or called Dalmatians. Others have been teased or picked on, some depigmented themselves to speed up the process and many started to embrace themselves. Some experienced this autoimmune disease as a young child, others grew into it.

This is all because of something called vitiligo. It is a skin condition in which the pigment is lost from areas of the skin, causing whitish patches often with no clear cause. It doesn’t discriminate with age, race or gender. The purpose of this portrait series is to spread awareness, allow others to see what people with this skin condition have gone through and to exude confidence into the individuals who have not accepted themselves completely.