Inspirational People: Sam Gonçalves

Sam Gonçalves is a male model who has Vitiligo. Vitiligo is a condition that causes white patches to develop on the skin due to a lack of pigment called Melanin. This is caused when the immune system mistakenly attacks the cells which produce Melanin. Why this occurs is not fully understood. Sam first developed Vitiligo when he was 12 years old. He told ego.globo.com “It was after my father died of cancer. As a teenager did not accept me, I thought ugly, so I got to do treatment, but the drugs are very expensive and did not give a result. Today accept me”

The male model from Sao Paulo is a fan Winnie Harlow, another model with Vitiligo who is taking the world by storm. Sam recently made his debut at fashion week. Speaking before the event he said “I am the first with vitiligo to parade in the event. I hope cause. Usually my agencies send me to work as overcoming campaigns. It’s like I’m poor just because I have spots on the body. I’m not different, if I get shot’ll bleed the same way.”

 

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