For those with vitiligo, Instagram is often more than just a social network – it’s a way to find community, connection and support. At least that’s what University of Oregon graduate Elizabeth Witcher found in her recent study.
A sociology and psychology major living with vitiligo, Elizabeth used her senior thesis to do research that showed that social media – and specifically Instagram – provides a means of connection for those with vitiligo that is absent in the physical world.
If you’re looking to connect with the vitiligo community on Instagram, here are our top inspirational, informational and share-worthy accounts to follow.
There are several Instagram accounts that exist solely to repost submitted photos and share the stories of those with vitiligo. Follow the accounts below to share your story or read about other people with vitiligo.
Vitiligo Beauty | @vitiligo.beauty
Vitiligo Beauty reposts people with vitiligo. DM or tag them to submit your picture!
Vitiligo People | @vitiligopeople
Vitiligo People features “fearless people with vitiligo.”
Vitiligo NL | @vitiligo.nl
The account for the Dutch Vitiligo Association reposts submitted pictures.
Vitiligo Projects + Photo Series
With vitiligo being a visual condition, it’s no surprise that there are numerous art and photography projects popping up. Get involved by following these projects or applying to be a part of them.
Elisabeth Van Aalderen | @elisabethva
Elisabeth doesn’t just have vitiligo – she’s the photographer behind a very well-known vitiligo portrait series, which she shares through her Instagram account and her book, Shades of Pale.
Pigment Painter | @pigmentpainter
Lauren, known as the ‘pigment painter,’ has vitiligo and also paints digital watercolor portraits of those with vitiligo, which she shares through her Instagram.
A Dappled Life | @adappledlife
This account shares an artistic look at life with vitiligo as told by Nadin through images of her hands.
Talk about inspirational! These are just some of the women leading the conversation about vitiligo in the world today as models and/or spokesmodels.
Carine Guimarães | @karineguimaraes19
Recently featured in Vogue Brazil, Carine is a fashion model from Salvador.
Vitiligo Bloggers + Vloggers
Looking for lifestyle, makeup, fitness and fashion tutorials and inspiration? Check out this list of bloggers, vloggers and photo journalists, all of whom have vitiligo.
Darlene | @darlenetexas
YouTuber and Texas-based beauty, Darlene shares covers fashion and lifestyle.
Today there are more brands than ever featuring models with vitiligo – and we’re here for it. Here are just a few of the faces you might recognize from name brands.
Eva Khyne-Sam | @evakhynesam
Where have we NOT seen her?!
Carolina Clarkson | @clarolinaclarkson
Tia Jonsson | @tiajonsson
Places we’ve seen Tia: Rag & Bone, Juicy Couture and Urban Outfitters.
Daniele Lee | @daniele_lee
Did you see her in Glossier?!
Communities + Organizations
These are just a few of the organizations, news outlets, communities and nonprofits at the heart of the vitiligo community today. Follow these accounts for news, updates and support.
Vitiligo Society | @vitiligosociety
The Vitiligo Society is a vitiligo organization based in the UK and founded in 1985. Follow their accounts for information about vitiligo and support.
Unite for Vitiligo | @uniteforvitiligo
Unite for Vitiligo is a news platform featuring stories from the vitiligo community.
Global Vitiligo Foundation | @globalvitiligofoundation
The Global Vitiligo Foundation is an organization of doctors and advocates looking to improve the quality of life for those with vitiligo.
VitFriends | @vitfriends
One of the biggest support groups for vitiligo, VitFriends is a large non-profit that provides local support for those with the condition.
Last but not least…
Don’t forget to follow us for news, advice, perspective and positivity as we continue to share everyday life with vitiligo. See you on the ‘gram!
We’re your ultimate guide to living with vitiligo, sharing information and inspiration.
These are just a few of the Instagram pages we love – which accounts do you follow?
Erika Page is the Founder and Editor of Living Dappled. After getting vitiligo at the age of seven, she lost 100% of her pigment to the condition and today lives with universal vitiligo.