After being a victim of bullying due to her skin condition – vitiligo, twenty-one-year-old Ash Soto is now turning her experience upside down in an amazingly creative way.
She was diagnosed with vitiligo at 12 and pretty soon it started spreading through all of her body.
It’s a rare skin disorder which causes pigment loss, leaving different-patterned, large white patches all over one’s body.
Ash used to wear long sleeved shirts only, being very ashamed of her skin once she was verbally bullied in school over it. One of her classmates even went as far to ask her if she had showered in bleach.
Suffering great trauma for it, she would hide her skin as much as possible, but soon started to realize that this behavior did her more harm than good.
She set herself to heal.
Once she started doodling on her own body, tracing her vitiligo patterns with a black marker. Something changed.
“I never realized how beautiful my vitiligo was until I traced it with a black marker, it really helps to bring out the different colors of my skin.”
This young lady turned 21 and started to transform her pain into art by drawing patterns in different shapes and colors all over her body.
She has come up with so many art pieces up to now, and has even drawn Van Gogh’s Starry Night on her body!
“Now what others would perceive as an imperfection I have made into something more beautiful and made it more accepted than before.”
It is pretty cool that girls and boys are calling out for awareness against body-shamming people with vitiligo using artistic expression in any shape and form.
I even feel like the whole debate was started when 22 year old Canadian model Winnie Harlow exploded on the scene back in 2014.
Ash noticed that the the drawn out patterns looked like maps and she continued riding that artistic wave.
Here she is with a multi-colored body painting.
Whatever happens, make sure to follow this girl and many creatives like her and share the awareness with everyone you meet! Godspeed, Ash!