Saturday, May 6, 2017

PUERTO RICAN BEAUTY Transforms VITILIGO Into WORKS Of ART!!!

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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.”
Born in NEW ENGLAND, and being of PUERTO RICAN descent, one of her most horrifying moments came when she was 13 years old. After a pep talk from her mother, Soto gained the confidence to hop in a public pool with a two-piece bathing suit, revealing the different shades of her skin.
Exhilarated, the young Latina took to the diving board for a little water fun. But before she could jump, someone in the line behind her pointed and yelled, “did you take a shower with bleach?”
Soto was humiliated. She dived in the pool, swam to the pavement and ran to the bathroom, crying and eventually changing back into her clothes.
From that day on, she always covered her body, missing out on beach days with her friends and high school memories at school dances.
In May 2016 she posted some shots in she dared to bare a little skin.
ASH said;
“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.

ASH said;

“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.

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