5 Ways to Feel Confident in your Skin w/ Vitiligo Advocate, Aiesha
February 27, 2017
Hi Sweet Soul,
Have you ever looked in the mirror and disliked what was looking back at you? We’ve ALL criticized our bodies and wanted to change something about it. But what if you couldn’t….
On today’s episode of The Nalie Show. I grab a drink with Model, Vitiligo Advocate, and founder of the Born to Rise foundation – Aiesha! Aiesha is such a beautiful and inspiring soul.
At only 18 years old, she discovered that she has Vitiligo, a skin condition in which a loss of pigment causes the skin to appear white. As a beautiful woman with chocolate brown skin, you can only imagine how hard this was for her as she entered her prime years as a 20-something-year old.
Aiesha admits that she was in depression and even had suicidal thoughts… and it was only until her brother gave her the talk of her life that she changed how she saw herself forever…
What did she learn? How did she overcome it? How is she fiercely modeling today? And more importantly, what can YOU do to find that confidence too?
You NEED to watch this episode! As serious as this topic is… we totally had a good laugh! Hope it puts a smile on your face too!
Here are 5 Ways to Feel Confident in your Skin with Aiesha!
A little bit more about Aiesha
Age : 27
Drink of choice: Red wine
Favorite Color: Blue
Biggest dream: To be a successful entrepreneur by doing what I love. To give back to my parents, brothers and community. To experience the head over heels type of love with someone that feels the same about me.
Favorite Quote: Whatever it is that you’re going through, is going to get you through.
What are you REALLY good at?: Being myself!
What is your battle: I was 18 years old when I found out I had vitiligo. My initial reaction was to think that it was going to ruin my life. I was going to be constantly stared at, made fun of, I would be ugly and most of all, I wouldn’t be accepted by society. Already, I was a self-conscious person, so being diagnosed with vitiligo, only led me to be an even less confident person. I was very hard on myself. I noticed everything. From when people would stare, nudge their friends to get a glimpse of me. Make rude remarks or have a look of disgust written all over their face. Dealing with this EVERYDAY from the moment I left my house and not having anyone to talk to only led me to a depressive state where I’ve contemplated suicide just to not have to deal with the pain anymore. I didn’t really want to die, but I think getting rid of the pain and the daily judgement was more comforting. I thought I would be at peace. But then thinking of my loved ones, and what it would do to them, I knew I had to find the strength to overcome this – but it wasn’t easy, it really wasn’t.
How did you beat your battle or how are you fighting your battle every day?
Learning to accept my situation. I wouldn’t say I’ve completely beat my battle, but I’ve most definitely came a long way by accepting myself and circumstance. I knew I had to change my life, if I was here to stay. My older brother is a very positive person, a person who believes of making the best of your situations. Speaking with him, having him tell me that I was diagnosed for a reason and to find my purpose. He introduced me to ‘the secret’ documentary and I would watch it 3-4xs a week. It taught me that we have control of our thoughts, we can control our situations. In the sense that whatever happens in our lives, it’s up to us to make the best of it. In life we’re given choices. We can choose to have situations make us or break us. I choose to have situations make me. I choose to make the best out of everything. I choose to educate others about vitiligo so they know what it is, so they know how to treat me or anyone else with vitiligo. Let them know that we’re not monsters. Cause at the end of the day, it all comes down to ignorance after all. Fearing the unknown.
Be patient. Be kind to Yourself.
PS: Don’t forget to leave a comment below. What are 3 things you LOVE about your body?