Thando Hopa speaks up about the stereotypes around albinism

Thando Hopa speaks up about the stereotypes around albinism

Gorgeous lawyer and model, Thando Hopa, recently opened up about her journey to success while living with albinism. She spoke about the stereotypes that surround albinism and talked about her own struggles.

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Thando Hopa was named one of the top 100 most influential women in the world not too long ago. As a South African, she's making the country very proud.

Thando is also an activist who has her heart in the right place but admitted that her journey has not been an easy one.

As a woman living with albinism, Thando knows how difficult life can be and how people discriminate because of the colour of skin.

As reported on by TimesLIVE, the beautiful woman recently opened up about the stereotypes about albinism during an interview with Top Women.

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Thando addressed the popular misconception that people with albinism can bring good or bad luck.

It was the contradictory beliefs that people with albinism bring either good or bad luck. Having people hug and hold me for good luck, or conversely spit into the necklines of their tops to ward off bad luck or make a big show of not wanting to touch me for fear of becoming like me or having children who are like me. I felt like a walking commodity, struggling to find words to explain how ordinary I am.

She also spoke about people using words that were 'dehumanising' to her as a person. But she was also happy to note that despite this, people are finally starting to move away from stereotypes.

Thando is an inspiring young woman that is forcing people to look past skin colour and see the soul that is inside.

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Here's a clip of Thando talking about some of the obstacles she had to face in her life:

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