- Refilwe Modiselle has spoken up about the importance of being allowed to tell African stories as an African living with albinism
- The actress believes that the lack of melanin in her skin doesn't make her any less black or African
- The stunner slammed industry peeps who have sidelined artists living with albinism solely based on their condition
Refilwe Modiselle believes that the lack of melanin in her skin does not make her any less black or African.
The award-winning actress and model born with albinism has spoken up about the importance of being allowed to tell African stories as an African living with albinism.
The stunner said she is proud of her heritage and who she is as an African.
Refilwe told TshisaLIVE that the mindset of people has to be changed.
"The mindset of people has to be changed because (now) we are taught that for you (to qualify) as a black child, you have to have really dark brown skin or a certain shade of brown... but to be acknowledged by your society and seen for who you are, as a black person living with albinism is important. We should not be sidelined because at the end of the day, I am still proud of my heritage and who I am as an African."
She slammed people who have sidelined artists living with albinism solely based on their condition.
"Another conversation worth having is how people living with albinism are sidelined, in terms of the black people narrative. A lot of the time, yes, blackness of a person is connected to their brown skin or whatever the case but people need to realise, acknowledge and accept that there are different types of blackness."
The star said she wanted all artists, including those living with albinism, to get to a place where they knew that they could play any part and would be cast based on their capabilities to bring that role to life.
"This industry in particular has to do better in terms of not shutting people out because of what they think people will gravitate towards and judge people based off of their capabilities."
Briefly.co.za reported Refilwe recently took the Best Actress Award at the African Film Festival in Texas.
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