Girl Abandoned At Birth For Her Looks Wants To Prove The World Wrong – She Now Models For Vogue

Albinism is a rare inherited condition that persists throughout life and is found globally among individuals of all races and ethnicities. It leads to reduced production of melanin pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes, resulting in lighter or no coloration. Unfortunately, individuals with this condition are often perceived as different and face stigmatization, particularly in underdeveloped countries.

About 16 years ago, a girl with albinism was born in China. Upon seeing her snow-white skin, her parents made the heartbreaking decision not to take her home. Consequently, the little one ended up at an orphanage just days after birth. This situation was distressing, and the orphanage staff, who named her Xueli, meaning "snow white and beautiful," felt deep sympathy for her. However, they couldn't have known that she would eventually be adopted by a caring family from the Netherlands, who would provide her with a wonderful life.

At the age of 11, Xueli was discovered by a renowned photographer from Hong Kong, who invited her to participate in a campaign showcasing individuals, each beautiful in their unique way.

"In an interview with the BBC, Xueli Abbing shared, 'She called the campaign 'perfect imperfections' and asked if I wanted to join her fashion show in Hong Kong. That was an amazing experience.'"

In certain regions, there's a belief that the bones of individuals with albinism possess medicinal properties. As a result, some of these individuals may face disfigurement, with their fingers, arms, or legs being severed.

Knowing this, Xueli says she’s lucky she was only abandoned.

After her photos were shared on social media, a photographer from London took Xueli under her wing, assisting her in securing a spot on the cover of Vogue Italia magazine for its June 2019 issue.

"At the time, I didn’t grasp the significance of the magazine, and it took me a while to understand why people were so excited about it," she reflected.

"In the interview, she expressed, 'There are still models who are incredibly tall and skinny, but now individuals with disabilities or differences are being showcased more in the media, and this is fantastic—though it should just be considered normal,'" she remarked.

"In an interview, she mentioned, 'Perhaps because I can't see everything properly, I tend to focus more on people's voices and what they have to say. So, their inner beauty holds greater importance to me,'" she shared.

Xueli is doing all in her power to help raise awareness about the people with albinism.

"I aim to use modeling as a platform to discuss albinism and convey that it's a genetic condition, not a curse," she asserts. "The proper terminology is 'a person with albinism' because being labeled as 'an albino' makes it sound like it defines your entire identity."

"I refuse to accept that children are being murdered because of their albinism. I aspire to change the world," she added.

We're immensely grateful for individuals like this 16-year-old beauty who remind us that it's our differences that make this world a wonderfully colorful place.

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