The Brave Woman Who Paints And Loves The White Spots On Her Body Caused By The Vitiligo

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Ashley Soto, 21, lives in Florida, has been suffering from vitiligo since she was little. When she was small, someone asked her if she had bathed in bleach. After that, she lived her life by covering her body. According to this newsletter we got from Dailymail, Ashley found a great way to love and accept her skin as it is.

Ashley Soto, 21, from Orlando, Florida, was diagnosed with vitiligo at the age of 12 and had white spots on her body because of it.

Ashley Soto, 21, from Orlando, Florida, was diagnosed with vitiligo at the age of 12 and had white spots on her body because of it.
Ashley Soto, 21, from Orlando, Florida, was diagnosed with vitiligo at the age of 12 and had white spots on her body because of it.
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She spent years hiding the distinctive white patches under long-sleeved tops and trousers after a girl asked whether she had 'showered in bleach.'

But the 21-year-old has learned to love the condition by covering the patches with intricate designs, from a map of the world to Van Gogh's The Starry Night.

'I never realized how beautiful my vitiligo was until I traced it with a black marker,' she says.

'I never realized how beautiful my vitiligo was until I traced it with a black marker,' she says.
'I never realized how beautiful my vitiligo was until I traced it with a black marker,' she says.
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'From there, I decided to start painting actual pieces - I did a flower one and after that, I had a world map,' she said. 

'Next, I tried The Starry Night by Van Gogh, I tried to incorporated my skin into it as much of the painting as possible, it's such an iconic piece that I needed help from my cousin to do it.'

The designs can sometimes take Miss Soto hours to complete but it helped her feel stronger and more comfortable.

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Vitiligo occurs when cells stop producing pigment and affects 1 percent of the world's population. The patches it creates differs in each case. 

Miss Soto was diagnosed with the condition at the age of 12 when a spot appeared on her neck. Within a year it had spread to 75 percent of her body.

Miss Soto revealed how she started covering her body after a little girl asked whether she had 'taken a shower in beach' when she saw her in a bikini at the beach.

Miss Soto revealed how she started covering her body after a little girl asked whether she had 'taken a shower in beach' when she saw her in a bikini at the beach.
Miss Soto revealed how she started covering her body after a little girl asked whether she had 'taken a shower in beach' when she saw her in a bikini at the beach.
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'I was so shocked that someone said that to me that I cried and cried, I didn't want to have the condition anymore,' Miss Soto said. 

'It made me want to start hiding away from people and left me covering my skin, as I didn't want people to make fun of me.'

Personal challenge: Miss Soto pictured aged 10, left, and 11, right, before she was diagnosed.

Personal challenge: Miss Soto pictured aged 10, left, and 11, right, before she was diagnosed.
Personal challenge: Miss Soto pictured aged 10, left, and 11, right, before she was diagnosed.
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'I will continue creating different pieces of art with my skin and hope it inspires others in the process.'

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'Soon I will be doing some glow in the dark markings which will be a real challenge but it's very exciting. Thanks to doing this I've learned to accept myself more than I did before.' 

We congratulate Ashley for her courage and hope that any sort of discrimination based on people's appearance will end.

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