Inspirational People: Laiea Walsh

Laiea Walsh is an American young lady who has the condition Vitiligo. Vitiligo is a condition that causes white patches to develop on the skin due to a lack of pigment. Growing up Laiea found living with her condition difficult. She told the The Daily Mail: “At school I really struggled with it. I wrote sad letters, feeling as if no one understood me. I would only wear long sleeves and always try to hide the vitiligo. I wouldn’t say I was suicidal but I definitely thought life would be better without me. It took a long time to accept myself as beautiful and that changed when I started modelling and doors began to open. I’ve been confused as Winnie Harlow – people think I am her. Personally I don’t think we look alike but I can see the confusion because of the vitiligo. Obviously it’s a compliment. She is beautiful, I am beautiful. People come up to me and want to take photos with me, especially young people.”

However today Laiea is a lot more confident and is embracing her distinctive look. Much like Winnie Harlow Laiea is pursuing her dream of becoming a model. At age 13 Laiea was scouted by a modelling agency. After Laiea’s selfies were discovered online she has appeared in magazines across America and represents brands Diesel and Desigual. Her goal is to make other women feel beautiful. As well as working as a model Laiea also works as vice president from Delaware Fashion Week. Today Laiea is using her platform to encourage women through a community mentoring programmed. Laiea said “I want to bring others to see their own beauty and feel beautiful from the inside. I think it’s important to use this platform. I never post anything negative online. I thought to myself how I can use it to bring a positive change. Through modelling I can show what real beauty is, I never thought I would be able to do what I love.”


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