Eleven-year old albino twins Lara and Mara Bawar are sending shockwaves through the fashion industry!
The girls, originally from Sao Paolo, Brazil, have garnered many devotees out of fascination for their complex beauty.
They were born with albinism, a condition that causes a lack of skin and hair pigment and yet they are African American.
This particular discrepancy is what gives them their special touch. It is the bravado with which they carry themselves that makes them absolutely special!
Swiss Vinicus Terranova, 26, came across Lara and Mara while looking for new models for his project Rare Flowers.
“‘I came across the models in a video,” said Vinicus. “They are incredibly beautiful and talented and that’s why I wanted to work with them,” he said.
“They are self-confident, intelligent and work very well,” he added.
Lara and Mara were delighted to take part in the project. They both dream of international careers in acting and modelling.
Lara said: ‘We feel albinism is pretty, we love our hair, eye color and skin tone.’
“Our hair and skin tone are pretty and we feel very special wearing the make-up, hair and light that are worked to fit us.”
“We also love to read the beautiful comments on our pictures,” she said.
“Growing up like this was amazing, we love being different and are happy with our unique beauty,” Mara added.
Another model who accompanied them was their older sister, thirteen-year old Sheila. Unlike her sisters, she was born a dark-skinned African American.
Her main goal is to become a stylist. However, she enjoyed being in front of the camera with her two sisters!
“We love it. We are very expressive and creative. It feels wonderful to put this out there, to communicate with people who identify with our work. We like to see our beauty being valued by its unique aspects,” Sheila said.
Albinism affects one out of 18,000 to 20,000 people that born each year in America. Many of them are African-Americans and it is quite a struggle to find their identities or where they belong.
Mass media has yet to make an effort and create context to represent and celebrate color diversity.