- Celebrities with albinism were hardly seen on TV or in magazines, but that has changed in recent times
- The fashion industry abroad has embraced people with the condition, but Mzansi is only catching up now
- ‘Uzalo’ has been trying to change people’s opinion on albinism with new characters, who have been a great success
It was uncommon to have people with albinism in the media, but the tide is turning. Today, we are seeing more and more celebrities with the condition and they are making Mzansi proud.
While models with albinism have been dominating the international fashion industry, they have never had much success at home, but as the stigmas associated with albinism change, we will start seeing them around more often.
SABC 1’s ‘Uzalo’ has been at the forefront of representing the albino community after they added two new cast members who have the condition into their story line.
Briefly.co.za learned that one of the new ‘Uzalo’ actors, Simphiwe Nxumalo is glad that he can be a part of changing Mzansi’s perceptions about people who have the condition and he hopes that one day everyone will see that they are no different to anyone else.
According to ZAlebs, there are four celebrities in Mzansi who are doing the most to show that albinism is beautiful.
1. Refilwe Modiselle
The model, TV personality and actress has been making waves at home and abroad, even securing herself a spot on Oprah Winfrey’s list of talented people to look out for.
Refilwe has been outspoken about her condition and the unfair treatment she has received because of it, but she hopes to change that.
2. Michelle Mosalaka
The young actress has just broken into the TV and film industry, but she is already proven to be a force of nature and Mzansi is expecting great things from the beauty.
Michelle has also been chosen to be the face of Revlon SA as they expand their makeup range to cover all unique skin tones in South Africa.
3. Thando Hopa
The model already has a huge following overseas and she works with some of the top fashion designers, but she admits that she has had her fair share of hardships.
In September, Thando headed to Germany to attend a conference about how society has viewed albinism through the ages. The model hopes that she can bring the knowledge she has learned back home to educate Mzansi.
4. Sanele Xaba
Sanele was born in Durban, but he has already modelled for some top fashion brands and is a regular face in fashion magazines.
He too is strong advocate of equal rights for people with albinism.
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