Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes long-term white patches due to the lack of a chemical present in the skin called melanin. Melanin is also responsible for preventing other conditions such as sunburns etc.
Vitiligo can occur due to many causes like a family history of the condition and or having another autoimmune problem, like hyperthyroidism. One in every 100 people develops vitiligo in The UK.
A rare disease like that can make life harder for a person in many ways. Very few of those find the courage to conquer the fear and go fearlessly into the crowd carrying the disease.
Earlier she used to hide her patches in all the possible ways as people used to stare her and even pose comment on her like "cow", "burns victim" etc.
She had a great partner in the policeman Jonathan Grant, who never made her feel any different.
Then she went on to meet many other vitiligo sufferers who had a very similar condition to her's. After meeting these people, she gained her confidence back.
She decided to tell people about her disease in a very different way. She went on to have a "it's called vitiligo" tattoo.
Tiffany was still very young when she first saw a small patch on her skin. Her parents and the dermatologist thought it was just some reaction. At the age of 11, a man told them that she has vitiligo.
She has patches all over her body now and had some other tattoos on her back too.
This tattoo was basically to let people stare on it and then ask her about her real problem rather than guessing wildly. Then they would always go back with a different view about the girl.
Sunlight exposure was not allowed to her. It is not at all an easy task to remain completely away from the sunlight.
She had to remain in complete clothing from top to bottom even in the scorching heat.
Once she saw model Winnie Harlow, who too is suffering from the same condition. Her lifestyle encouraged Tiffany even more.
Winnie never tries to hide any of her body parts and this gave Tiffany a great inspiration.
Now Tiffany too wears shorts and anything else that she likes to wear without caring about what anyone will say! Share and enlighten more and more people about this disease.