Bullied For Being An Albino; She Becomes A Model And Restores Her Self Confidence

Joanne Dion was bullied when she was a kid because of her pale skin and hair – she grew up with albinism. Albinism is a congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes. Living in London, Joanne was subjected to continuous bullying in school.  Joanne said that although she was bullied since pre-school, at first she was quite confident with her looks.

I remember being a very strong and confident child, but my confidence was challenged was when other people’s opinions started clashing with my own. I couldn’t see why they perceived me in a negative way and I hated myself for that very reason. I dealt with that in a negative way for the most part of my journey; I suffered from anxiety and depression.

 

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Dion added that she even considered suicide since the only place she felt good was her home. She had also problems with her sight, as usually happen with albinism, so she suffered in school merely because of this. Many children would pull her hair or push her, as she usually needed somebody to support her while walking.

 

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The 21-year-old model thinks that schools should have compulsory lessons on self-awareness and self-acceptance because it would teach children to know more about diversity and how to embrace it.

I was still getting bullied in high school, but until year nine other things were going on in my life that was more severe than my condition of albinism and the way people treated me. I had time to discover myself, I got through those dark times when I self-harmed, I then realised ‘you are a person, you’re way more than what you thought you were’ and I guess that was the revelation.

 

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Her career on modeling first started when a photographer asked to take some pictures of her as she was shopping. After that, she said:

People started asking to work with me to the point that I was starting to get a bit more momentum and I felt confident enough to start modelling. It just took off from there.

Dion says, that modeling humbled and changed her and that she had the opportunity to work with brands she admires. And although she knows she can’t stay in modeling forever, she aims to raise awareness of people’s differences while she is in the public eye.

 

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Source: Vt