Need Some Inspiration? Meet the Girl with Vitiligo Featured in Allure
This girl with vitiligo is the living, breathing definition of what it means to “own your spots.”
Just fifteen years old when she found her first spot, Jesi Taylor was bullied in middle and high school, facing invasive questions and cruel comments. To hide her spots, she would wear gloves, tights and scarves every season of the year and wouldn’t leave her bedroom without makeup.
Then one morning, Jesi decided that she wasn’t going to wear makeup to work – and the response was overwhelmingly positive. It ended up being a turning point that changed the course of her life.
“It wasn’t until I stopped wearing makeup that I think I really accepted it. I don’t let what people think about me affect me as much…It gave me a much stronger sense of self, helped me loved myself more fully.”
Closing her video interview with Allure, Jesi leaves us with an inspiring thought.
“I want to dispel the myth that anything is set in stone. Beauty or freedom or justice are dynamic concepts.”
Erika Page is a writer and blogger with universal vitiligo. Her first spots appeared on her spine when she was seven years old and today vitiligo covers her entire body. Based just south of Washington, D.C., Erika founded Living Dappled to create a community of inspiration and hope for girls and women living with vitiligo.