feature: model and activist diandra forrest raises awareness for albinism and women’s rights
April 8, 2016
Diandra Forrest is a model and activist for albinism awareness women’s rights. Born with albinism, an inherited genetic condition that affects melanin pigmentation in the skin, hair, and eyes, Forrest uses her platform as a public figure to shed light on and normalize a condition that people don’t necessarily know much about or understand. Forrest extends a similar message of acceptance to her work with young women. As the first African-American model with albinism to be signed to a major modeling agency (Elite Models NY), Forrest is a walking example of overcoming adversity and differences. She teaches young women that it’s okay to be different and that those differences are worthy of love and can even be a source of empower.
Watch Diandra’s albinism awareness TEDxFultonStreet Talk and UN Human Rights Campaign down below.
By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor
*Erin White is an Atlanta-based writer and AFROPUNK’s editorial and social media assistant. You can follow her on Tumblr or friend her on Facebook. Have a pitch or an inquiry? Shoot her an email at email@example.com.
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