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10 Stunning Photos of Black Albinos from the #InMySkinIWin Campaign, Celebrating Albino Beauty

• Oct 2, 2015

Albinism is a congenital disorder that removes pigment from the skin, hair and eyes. It occurs worldwide but has particularly high occurrences among certain African ethnic groups;

The prevalence of albinism in some ethnic groups in sub‐Saharan Africa is around 1 in 5,000, while in Europe and the US it is 1 in 20,000. It would follow, then, that there would be stronger selective forces acting on albino populations in Africa than on albino populations in Europe and the US. Rates as high as 1 in 1,000 have been reported for some populations in Zimbabwe and other parts of Southern Africa.

Black albinos have a unique experience living among a people group that is the most melanin‐rich in the world, and that experience can verge on the dangerous. In Tanzania albinos are even hunted, killed and/or dismembered for their body parts, which are believed to have spiritual powers.

African American model Shaun Ross is speaking up about his experiences as a black albino man.

Whoever I end up being with, whoever ends up loving me unconditionally, fully is a bold person. Why? Because you’re seeing something that a lot of people don’t see and you’re not allowing my physical to make you look around and stop you from getting to know me.”

Ross says that his biological and cultural blackness is often questioned, and some African Americans assume that he receives privilege for having no melanin.

I had to explain to people why I was not black and black… And they’re like… “White people like you, white people like you because you’re white just like them.’ Excuse me? Do you not see my nose? Do you not see my lips and my coarse hair?”

Ross recently started the #inmyskiniwin campaign to encourage self love and acceptance.

In My Skin I Win is a movement for anyone who has ever felt defeated by a negative social construct of what beauty actually should be. Beauty is you and what you make from your confidence in your own perfectly imperfect body.

The hashtag has brought incredible visibility to black albinos.

Instagram.com/https://instagram.com/sirmaejor/  Meet my friend Starr, she's a beautiful woman with albinism

Instagram.com/https://instagram.com/sirmaejor/
Meet my friend Starr, she’s a beautiful woman with albinism

Models Diandra Forrest and Ava Clarke

Models Diandra Forrest and Ava Clarke

https://instagram.com/yogimj/

https://instagram.com/yogimj/

https://instagram.com/naturally__bri/

https://instagram.com/naturally__bri/

South African model Thando Hopa https://instagram.com/thandohopa/

South African model Thando Hopa https://instagram.com/thandohopa/

https://instagram.com/albinorella/

https://instagram.com/albinorella/

https://instagram.com/itsvanillaslife/

https://instagram.com/itsvanillaslife/

https://instagram.com/ayeeecourvoicier/

https://instagram.com/ayeeecourvoicier/

West African model Mirian Njoh https://instagram.com/miriannjoh/

West African model Mirian Njoh https://instagram.com/miriannjoh/

https://instagram.com/albinogodess/

https://instagram.com/albinogodess/

Beautiful. Are there any albino ladies out there? What has your experience been being albino in the black community?

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Elle P.
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Elle P.

Gorgeous ladies!

Lizelle
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My experience has not been very good honestly, humanity is adversely rude to that which they do not understand more often than not…Wonderful article though! 🙂

HisMercy
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HisMercy

Please keep your head up!! You can help educate others! #eradicateignorance

KissOfDanger
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They’re so lovely!

Myisha Nanton
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Myisha Nanton

I have albinism, and I am acquainted with quite is few of the ladies pictured here. I personally experienced not being liked and made fun of by my own people. That’s sad to me. One thing albinism has done for most of us who have it is that it made us stronger and more empathetic towards those in this world with born with differences. I’m quite proud of my “Golden Family”.

Mary
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Mary

i am albino, but some say i am “lucky” because you cant really tell. my eyes are hazel and my hair is brown, people assume i am mixed

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Alternatively...

Mirian’s my friend! She just helped me move! lol #bragging

Brianna MizBlondie Thomas
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Brianna MizBlondie Thomas

I’m Brianna Mann also known as naturally__bri listened in this article. Being an albino in the black community can be very tough at times. Dealing with the ignorance of others can make it hard to feel free and be me. I’m thankful to have friends and family who are there for m when things get tough. The #inmyskiniwin campaign is an incredible and positive idea that seems to be taking flight . The message mister Ross is spreading is truly inspirational and I only hope that one day I can be as inspiring to others as he is to me… Read more »

Jenna
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Jenna

What kind of eyebrow color are you using in the photo? It’s gorgeous!

Brianna MizBlondie Thomas
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Brianna MizBlondie Thomas

Thank u, I use the Anastasia Beverley Hills dipbrow pomade in the color blonde and I LOVE it 🙂

NnayaR H Y T H M
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NnayaR H Y T H M

Beautiful peeeeople!

Michelle Freeman
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Michelle Freeman

Albinism just means absence of pigment so why would someone think and/or say that a black albino isn’t black … they’re still black but they have albinism at least that’s how it was explained to me … whatever.

Joshua Taylor
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Joshua Taylor

Do you not understand the definition of the word “black”?

onaxanamun .
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onaxanamun .

Black..is a colour..not Ethnicity. They are not black„but truly white..Caucasians consider themselves white..but they are Pink.

Shayna
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Shayna

Black is not an ethnicity, it’s a race. Yes, it is also a colour, but not in this context.

MagnoliaGirl Phillips
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MagnoliaGirl Phillips

Beautiful pics and great article

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Simple AsPie
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Simple AsPie

I am 15 years old and being albino has proven to be the most difficult thing to live with, especially with how judgmental people are today. I often get accused by the black community of being favored since I look white. I love what Shaun said because that’s me all the time. White people won’t except that fact that I’m black and neither will black people. But I know one thing for sure, I am unique and beautiful.

Kalani Brown
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Kalani Brown

Thank yo so much for writing your comment even though I do not have albinism I have seen documentaries on Black people with albinism and it made my sad to see people not feeling accepted and for a lot of people being bullied and shamed for something that they can’t control. Your comment made me so happy to see someone embracing their uniqueness. I would like to be friends if you want so i don’t know if you can message people on disqus

Robert Perlberg
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Robert Perlberg

You mean black people discriminate against you because of the color of your skin? Imagine that.

Hon. Everclear Jones
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Hon. Everclear Jones

Do you just wake up to be a dickhead to women who open up about things that hurt them, or is that just something that happens to you? Asshole.

LetsLove96
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LetsLove96

They are all so PRETTY!!!!!

Aris Boch
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Aris Boch

Reminds me of the kids I saw from a Nigerian guy and an Ukrainian (or maybe Russian, I forgot), they also look that kind of beautiful.

Anon-mabwe
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Anon-mabwe

ZiFM Stereo newscaster Candice Mwakalyelye is a Zimbabwean black albino powerhouse! She’s doing so much for women, albinos and just being absolutely fierce (you should check out her instagram @ndicandice)!

Ramon Cyrille
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Ramon Cyrille

let’s not be racists being called black in reference to the race or ethnicity has very little to do with the actual colour of someone’s skin colour!we have all been to school and we know what the colour “black” is.but as far as the race or ethnicity is concerned how many people with a real black skin do you know people?most of the so called black people are between dark brown and yellow.I am myself identified as a black male but I am almost yellow!only my hair is trully black.And albinism is a medical condition that prevents an individual to… Read more »

Zakia Boston
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Zakia Boston

Black is not a color people! So sorry that you have been made to believe this. Black is the essence of ALL COLOR! As you can see we The Orginal people of the planet come in every shade there is even white!! This proves that we The Orginal people of the earth made everyone else! So be proud of who you are! You were here on this planet long before anyone else!! Don’t you forget that!

albino beauty
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albino beauty

Many people do not even believe me that I’m black! They have said things like “Oh, you are just white pretending to be black and saying you’re albino!” Like what??? Do you not see my lips, or my nose? Do you not see my family?

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