After Hiding Vitiligo for 10 Years Model Proudly Shows His Face in Hope of Inspiring Others

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A model who hid his vitiligo for ten years is now proudly showing off his face and skin in the hopes of inspiring others.

This is a truly amazing story…

Because we all know how exclusive the beauty industry can be.

For decades now, models have consisted of thin white women who all look very similar and hold the exact same beauty standards.

Not only is this image extremely unrealistic…

But it is also one that lacks diversity and inclusivity.

And although this issue has slightly improved over the years…

Beauty standards continue to be ridiculously strict and unrealistic.

There is no such thing as a blemish-free and perfect human being…

And it’s really about time for our so-called “flaws” and “imperfections” to be embraced.

Well, this is exactly what Roger Monte decided to do.

Roger, who is from Brazil, is a model who has vitiligo – a skin condition that affects pigmentation and causes white patches to appear all over the body.
Any location on the body can be affected, and most people with vitiligo have white patches on many areas.

Global awareness of the condition was strongly raised by Winnie Harlow a few years ago…

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A Canadian fashion model and public spokesperson who well and truly pushed the boundaries of the beauty industry.

Sadly, Roger spent ten years hiding his face from the world in shame of his condition…

But he recently learned how to embrace his unique appearance and is now more confident than ever… something that has inspired so many people.











Now, Roger didn’t realize he had vitiligo until he was twenty-three-years-old…

And his skin appeared normal as a child.

Although his family had no history of having vitiligo, Roger’s skin began dramatically changing…

And by the time he knew it, his entire body was covered with white patches ranging from small to large.

This took a huge hit on Roger’s confidence…

And to make things even worse, due to the lack of knowledge of vitiligo, people began avoiding him in fear of the condition being contagious.
Others left harsh remarks regarding his appearance and because of these, Roger began to hide his real appearance, according to Bright Side.

For years, the young man would use thick makeup to hide his skin…

And he was that conscious about it that he started to dislike going out to the beach, the gym, or doing any activity that would make him sweat.

But everything changed in 2016 when he made some new friends at the gym.

After opening up to them regarding his condition, they encouraged Roger to show his face to the world because they saw the beauty he had been hiding for too long.
He finally got the courage to take a picture without makeup and posted it on Instagram.

It didn’t take long for Roger to get noticed, which is what allowed his modeling career to take off.

Of course, the young man was overwhelmed by the positive response that he got which encouraged him to continue posting more pictures and gain his confidence back.

He was even noticed by photographers, who asked him to work in front of the camera…

And now, taking photographs is Roger’s life.

He hopes his story can help other people embrace their true selves…

And he wants to reach those who are suffering in silence to also be able to love their natural beauty one day.

We’re truly inspired by Roger’s confidence and self-love…

And we hope his message of positivity will reach out to those who are feeling insecure about their own appearances.