The Girl Who Was Bullied For Her Vitiligo Turns Her Skin Into Art

The Girl Who Was Bullied For Her Vitiligo Turns Her Skin Into Art

Ash Soto was 12 when she was diagnosed. She felt embarrassed of her skin as her vitiligo developed, particularly when a little child questioned whether she had been showering in bleach. The 21-year-old is no longer embarrassed by her skin.

Soto determined in her late teens that she would no longer allow her skin to limit her, so she began setting daily goals like going in public without long sleeves. Eventually, Soto’s body became a work of art. “I never knew how beautiful my vitiligo was until I traced it with a black marker,” Soto remarked in an interview. Then she continued to paint her body like other artworks, including Van Gogh’s Starry Night. “I have converted what others see as a flaw into something beautiful and accepted.”

#1 Ash Soto was 12 when she was diagnosed with vitiligo.

The Girl Who Was Bullied For Her Vitiligo Turns Her Skin Into Art
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#2 It’s an uncommon skin disorder that generates enormous white spots all over the body.

The Girl Who Was Bullied For Her Vitiligo Turns Her Skin Into Art
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#3 By her late teens, Ash had vitiligo and was bullied.

The Girl Who Was Bullied For Her Vitiligo Turns Her Skin Into Art
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#4 Ash was embarrassed by her skin when a little girl questioned whether she had used bleach on it.

The Girl Who Was Bullied For Her Vitiligo Turns Her Skin Into Art
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#4 “I was so startled that I screamed and cried, not wanting to have the disease anymore,” Soto recalled.

The Girl Who Was Bullied For Her Vitiligo Turns Her Skin Into Art
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#5 But in her late teens, Ash forced herself to do things like stroll outdoors in a short-sleeved shirt.

The Girl Who Was Bullied For Her Vitiligo Turns Her Skin Into Art
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#6 Body art taught her to embrace her skin condition.

The Girl Who Was Bullied For Her Vitiligo Turns Her Skin Into Art
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#7 She began by creating a globe map around the white spots.

The Girl Who Was Bullied For Her Vitiligo Turns Her Skin Into Art
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#8 My vitiligo looked stunning until I traced it with a black marker. It truly brings out the colors in my skin.

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#9 “I will keep producing skin art and hope to inspire others.”

The Girl Who Was Bullied For Her Vitiligo Turns Her Skin Into Art
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#10 “I have converted what others see as a flaw into something beautiful and accepted.”

The Girl Who Was Bullied For Her Vitiligo Turns Her Skin Into Art
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