On a daily basis, intriguing stories from around the world are proving that no one has any excuse not to excel. Iomikoe Johnson, a 38-year-old woman with a skin condition called Vitiligo, has joined the league of women proving one can be anything despite all odds.
The lady who is a mother of four children is based in Louisiana, USA. Right from when she was young, she had always been taunted by neighbours on a racial premise. These racists taunts continued up till when she was 25.
At age 25, Iomikoe began to see symptoms of Vitiligo. The condition which causes the skin to lose its pigment developed under her armpits. Then white patches began to come all over her face in small spatters. Later on, it expanded and grew wider.
Despite this challenge, which will only grow 'wider' over time, Iomikoe has served as an inspiration to people around the world. The lady who calls herself a Vitiligo goddess is an established model, writer, actress and entrepreneur.
Although she has been called several derogatory names by familiar and unfamiliar people, Iomikoe has chosen to look past all her critics. She has particularly been referred to as a 'dalmatian' who is neither white nor black.
In spite of all these, this inspiring lady has gone on to help other children confronting the same challenge as she is. Like American supermodel Winnie Harlow, Iomikoe is becoming an embodiment of a practical model to the kids she mentors.
Even more, the beautiful and bold lady took to recently publishing a book titled The Spotted Girl Who Empowered the World. This book is set to help other girls who has skin conditions confront challenges they face in their school and environment.
About the book, she had this to say: "Some of the comments I have received have been flat out disrespectful; people have called me a cow, a dalmatian and they have made racist jokes saying that because I am turning white, my credit would be good now,'
A discussion about Iomikoe cannot exactly be complete without reference to her family. Vitiligo or not, this 38-year-old has a wonderful, large family. She is a mother to four children and a grandmother to three more. Two of her daughters, Shianna, 21, and Amaya, 19, have both started modeling.
Even more, Iomikoe's husband and other family members have been very supportive. Not only does her husband love her so much, he also expresses his love to her in several many ways. For the Vitiligo goddess, although it did not seem like that at first, she had come to realise that her condition was a gift that had blessed her in so many ways.
In a very long chat with Daily Mail, she poured out her mind regarding her struggles, victories and hope for others in her condition.
Read her words below:
"Vitiligo is not a curse, it's a gift to show society that no one race is better than the other and that God made everything beautiful. 'The freaking internet is a curse and a gift, a lot of actresses' and musicians' and models' photos are Photoshopped and they're giving a false sense of what the normal human body looks like, so these younger girls are wanting to look like them and that isn't even realistic because they don't even look like that in real life."
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