The Spanish fashion brand Desigual has signed up Chantelle Brown Young, a model suffering from vitiligo.
Desigual produces casual clothing. The brands characteristic design focuses on patchworks designs, bright colours and asymmetrical forms.
“Desigual stands for being unusual and unique and atypical, so they figured I’d be the perfect person for that“, declared Chantelle to the New-York Post.
Between 1 and 2% of the population suffers from vitiligo which greatly affect people psychologically and socially.
In a way, it is encouraging to witness a better recognition of the skin condition. Hopefully this initiative will lead to better support translated into research funds so people do not see it as “atypical”.
The Fashion industry has a new leading lady, who is serving up stunning images and redefining the global definition of beauty. Chantelle was diagnosed at age 4 with vitiligo.
Source: Daily Mail
Phototherapy in the form of 311nm light has shown to stimulate pigment production by melanocytes and re-colour the white patches of vitiligo. This form of treatment is the most commonly used source of light. The University of Columbia has undertaken studies in 12 subjects using RED light to re-pigment vitiligo.
NASA discovered over 4 decades ago that red light sources stimulated plant growth. To date there has been one study on the use of red light therapy for vitiligo patients- the success rate of red light phototherapy was 60% at the 16 week mark.
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