If you live with vitiligo, it’s not necessarily easy to get in a swimsuit and ‘own your spots.’ Feelings of insecurity and anxiety can quickly bubble up – and that’s before people start staring. At least, that’s been my experience. And that’s why I admire these fourteen women with vitiligo proudly wearing bikinis.
As someone who spent almost two decades with spots, I know first-hand that summers – and especially swimsuits – can be difficult. Pulling on a swimsuit is like putting your insecurities under a spotlight. You give yourself a pep talk only to have your confidence start shrinking the moment you’re around other people. You feel uncomfortable, anxious – even panicky. And you pretend you’re okay, only to break down later once no one is watching. Trust me, I’ve been through all of it.
That’s why I often turn to the vitiligo community for support and inspiration. It takes courage and confidence to own your spots and there are countless women around the world doing just that. Here are just fourteen of them, who will hopefully inspire you to embrace the skin you’re in this summer.
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.