Arianna Grace Dorfler and Lilla Helgason might be among some of the smallest models with vitiligo, but their confidence is beyond their years.
This October, Living Dappled teamed up with Washington, D.C. photographer Shawna Simmons to capture Arianna and Lilla’s contagious confidence with a weekend shoot in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia. At 7 and 8 years old respectively, Arianna and Lilla were new to modeling – but that didn’t stop the two girls from giggling the entire day and performing for the camera.
The shoot was also a first for Shawna Simmons, who has lived with vitiligo for most of her life, but never truly embraced it. Shawna previously spent seven years working in New York as a photo editor, photographer and stylist for clients like Anthropologie, Condé Nast, MTV and Sally Hansen. Most recently, she launched her own photography business in 2017 and now works primarily in the equestrian industry.
“I’ve never been proud of my vitiligo,” said Shawna, whose spots are mostly on her feet. “But when I found Living Dappled, I thought it was really beautiful and positive and something I could contribute to.”
The results were inspiring. Here’s a first look:
Erika Page is a writer and blogger with universal vitiligo. 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.