'America's Next Top Model' Contestant, Chantelle Young, Opens Up On Rare Skin Condition
We're loving what 19-year-old model Chantelle Young is serving!
Young tells TIME Magazine:
“A lot of people have a story or a background, but mine is painted on my body.”
As TIME explains:
According to the National Institute of Health, vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder that destroys the cells that make pigment in the skin. This causes patches of white to appear in different places around the body — even hair in those patches can sometimes turn white. Only about 0.5% to 1% of people have vitiligo and it typically starts to appear when someone is in their mid-20s. The NIH says genders and races are impacted equally, although it is obviously more prominent in someone with naturally dark skin.
It’s possible that the patches could spread to other parts of the body, and the NIH says some people will experience a slow spread over many years, but some people will experience it quickly. If looked at under a microscope, the white patches will have no pigment-producing cells. Vitiligo can be a very difficult condition to deal with emotionally, so there are many support groups and mental-health experts equipped to help patients with the disorder.
There are various treatments for vitiligo, and it’s up to the individual how drastically they want to treat it. Treatments range from drugs to light therapy to treatments that fade the pigment away from the rest of the skin. Some people may opt for surgical procedures, while others use cosmetics to cover up. Others simply let it be.
Chantelle is dealing with a difficult circumstance not only gracefully, but fiercely--and she's stunning!
We're excited to see her on the upcoming cycle of America's Next Top Model! Check out Chantelle's "Plea Video" for ANTM: