MASSACHUSETTS-born ORLANDO, FL-living ASH SOTO was only 12-years-old when she was officially diagnosed with VITILIGO!!!
LATINA Magazine reports ASH SOTO said;
“I thought my world was falling apart. I used to be a cheerleader who was super outgoing, but that changed once I was diagnosed and my vitiligo started to spread.”
“I was super nervous. I thought about it for days. It wasn’t just something I just posted,” she said of her decision to reveal her skin condition to her followers, and the world. “Before, I used to post selfies with long sleeve shirts, so you couldn’t see I had vitiligo. So when I posted it, it went insane.
It’s been all positive. They saw me embracing this and realized they could embrace whatever it is they have that doesn’t live up to today’s standards of beauty, too.”She began to utilize her body as an artist's canvas, outlining the spots and trails of vitiligo to create her MARKER CHRONICLES.
“I was really bored, laying on the bed, and started tracing the spots on my arms. Then I was like, ‘oh, this looks cool. It’s like a map of an alternate world,’ and I just kept going and ended up doing my whole body.”
“When I’m painting myself, I feel so empowered. I feel like I can do anything, and nobody can stop me. It’s the most incredible feeling. I love myself a little more. I appreciate myself a little more.”Every day, Soto is inundated with direct messages, emails and snaps with stories about how the young Latina helped others embrace their vitiligo and create “marker chronicles” of their own.
ASH SOTO concluded;
“I just want to show them that you can take something considered ugly by other people and make it beautiful, just like art is beautiful,” she said.
Just a girl with vitiligo and a paint brush who creates magic ✨🤞🏻 everyone is a caterpillar ready to become a butterfly, spread those wings and fight through all the negativity in the world no matter what gender or whatever you define yourself as or how you look. Nobody can break those wings you worked so hard for if you don't let them. We are all beautiful. We are all =qual 🦋🌈
I feel like we are all at war with ourselves to fight for the self love we deserve. Don't be at war with your mind, fight through all those thoughts telling you that you aren't good enough or worthy enough because everyone, including the person reading this deserves to feel love and feel comfortable in their skin. Slay those bullies with confidence 🗡
Thinking about starting my own YouTube channel so I can connect with you angels on a different level. I try to put myself out there for you all in all my captions and I think this would be a great way for you to get to know me and actually hearing my words would get through to you more. What do you think? ⚡️🕊🌹🌈
I get stretch marks just like everyone else regardless of if I have a skin condition or not. I go through all the same struggles you all go through that's why I preach self love so much. I don't care if I have to repeat myself in every caption to love who you are regardless if you have tiger stripes, #vitiligo, or whatever the case may be. I'll sound like a broken record each time because at least someone reminded you to appreciate and love yourself unconditionally always 🎨🌎❤