Laura Gregory is a young lady who was diagnosed with Vitiligo when she was 12 years old. Vitiligo is a long-term condition which causes white patches to develop when there is a lack of Melanin in the skin. Melanin is the chemical that gives our skin its pigment and colour. When Laura attended school she was teased by classmates who joked that she had a bad spray tan or birthmarks.
However, today Laura has begun to embrace her Vitiligo and has become a successful model and beauty queen. Laura told The Daily Mail “I used to cover up any way I could, disguise the white patches that crept over my body. I used to wonder if it would affect work or relationships and I’d hide behind make-up. Now I want to embrace it and show that beauty comes in all forms and we really have to love the skin we are in. At every stage of my life I’ve questioned if vitiligo will hold me back. I now have patches forming on my hands feet, chest, shins, inner thighs, neck and now my face. I’ve always kept my vitiligo under wraps, but now as it spreads I feel it’s time to put it out there and refuse to cover it. I’ve had insecurities my whole life and that shouldn’t stop you chasing dreams. No one should feel the need to hide, but equally if they want to, then they should be respected.”