Makeup is a tool that can be used to hide secrets. That’s how former model Breanne Rice used it for more than 10 years.
At 19, I was diagnosed with vitiligo, and it spread rapidly causing me to lose over half of the pigment on my face. Yeah. Not the bottom of my foot or my arm..but ONLY on my face. I got really good at doing my makeup, and I didn’t want anyone to know about it. I couldn’t look in the mirror without crying, and feeling unattractive. When I am exposed to the sun, it tans my healthy skin and leaves my vitiligo even more noticeable. It’s taken me a very long time to be able to go public with this, and to walk around publicly without any makeup. Why? Because it’s my face. Although I would like to say I am super confident and it never gets to me, sometimes it does. Some days people make comments saying “what happened to your face?!” Sometimes if I have a crush on someone I am worried about them seeing me without makeup and worry that they won’t think I’m cute. It’s like ohh hey by the way..this is the real me underneath all this. You know what though, I own it. There’s not much I can do about it. I can only love myself, and not let my circumstances define my value or self-worth. What is the definition of beautiful anyway? Is it being perfect? What do you see when you look in the mirror? Perhaps you have a circumstance or something about yourself that you are insecure about. Don’t let it define you. You deserve love, and you are beautiful ???? #vitiligo #beauty #perfect #seattle #health #holistic #nutrition #inspire #encourage #love #selfworth #loveyourself #digestion #autoimmune #vitiligoselfie #vitiligolove #vitiligobeauties #healing #healthyskin #skin #pigment #inspiring #inspirational #vitiligo #love #selflove #beauty
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Honestly, 19 is a young and impressionable age. People are quick to judge and ask questions, and when it’s about your face, that an be difficult to digest.
I admire Rice’s bravery to reveal her vitiligo to the world. It must’ve been so difficult for her to cover up with makeup daily. Hiding something from the world doesn’t sound easy.
But I get it, makeup can be empowering.
I hope the makeup helped with her self-esteem and confidence after she applied it. I think without the makeup to cover up the skin condition, she wouldn’t have been able to reveal her vitiligo the way she did.
Rice is beautiful with and without makeup.