April Star is an 11-year-old from Florida. April was diagnosed with the condition Vitiligo when she was just 6 years old. Vitiligo is a condition which causes white patches to develop on the skin. These patches develop due to a lack of the chemical in the skin called Melanin. Melanin is the pigment that gives the skin its colour. There is no clear evidence as to what causes a lack of Melanin in the skin, however, some research suggests that the condition has been linked to the autoimmune system.
Although young, April has big ambitions. Rather than letting her condition hold her back, April is redefining stereotypical beauty standards. Much like her role model Winnie Harlow, April is following her fashion dreams and pursuing a career in modelling. April also has an Instagram account which is followed by over 115k people. On her account, April shares untouched modelling photographs as well as inspirational quotes. Since pursuing her career as a model April has worked with the online children’s clothing store Love My Alannah as well as featuring in a fashion spread inside the pages of Essence Magazine. April told Buzzfeed that being confident is “being yourself and never being afraid of showing anyone the real you.”