Albinism is a genetic condition in which people do not inherit the usual skin pigmentation from their parents. Their bodies do not produce the normal amount of melanin, a chemical which determines people’s eye, skin and hair colors. Generally, this means that people with albinism tend to have extremely pale skin, hair, and eyes.
Contrary to popular belief, albino people are not just born to black parents, and indeed come from a whole range of different backgrounds. There are Asian albinos, white albinos and, well, albinos from all over the world. Here are just some of them:
1. Maschall from Germany
Maschall is a model from Germany and while his appearance may have been less of a contrast compared to that between a black albino child and his or her parents, it still set him apart from most of the people around him.
2. An albino child of East Asian descent
Aside from a deficiency in skin pigment, those with albinism also experience a number of problems with their eyesight. Their eyes tend to be more sensitive to bright lights and they tend to have exotropia also known as a “lazy eye”.
3. Diandra Forrest from the USA
Diandra Forrest is an African-American model and actress who believes it is important to speak out on issues surrounding albinism. “I realized I had albinism at the age of nine. I grew up in a family of five children, in which only my younger brother and I had the condition. As a child, I often felt out of place,” she shared on albinism.ohchr.org.
“I had neighborhood friends who asked my older brother if I was adopted. In school, or even on the train with my mum, there would be parents, adults, who stared at my brother and me and laughed at us. I didn’t understand why.”