Toward those diagnosed with Vitiligo, I have these words to say: You are not alone. There is strength in your supposed “illness”, and there is courage for those who dare to find it - Ogo Maduewesi, Founder & Executive Director, VITSAF


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Stella Pavlides has vitiligo. It’s an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks the cells, called melanocytes, that give skin its color. She was 22 years old and studying to be a court reporter when she first developed unsightly white patches on her hands and feet, then around her mouth, eyes, arms, legs and groin.

“People say vitiligo doesn’t kill you, but it kills your spirit,” she told me. “Kids get stared at, spit on, beaten up.” Although the condition is most obvious and often most emotionally and socially devastating when it afflicts dark-skinned people, Ms. Pavlides said her disorder was painfully apparent on her light tawny Greek skin.

“I wouldn’t go out with my…

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