Updated: Aug 11, 2021
“For years, I went to school with stones tied and hidden under my clothes.”
BY RAKA CHAKI Published in Teen Vogue, JULY 20, 2017
My skin has patches of white and brown. I have vitiligo, a condition in which my immune system attacks my skin’s pigment, causing my skin to turn white. Michael Jackson had this condition and so does the famous model, Winnie Harlow, who appeared on America’s Next Top Model in 2014. I never learned to accept or express my skin, body, and self as something beautiful instead of shameful until I was in college.