Our favourite Vitiligo Model's Story is a must read on Vitiligo Day

Prarthana Jagan's story is why we need to progress as a society. 

As a kid, I loved playing cricket in my colony, we’d start at around 10am and play until the sun went down.
I was about 10 years old when I was fascinated with sports, I’d run until my legs could fall off, cycle until the chains wore out.
These were normal behaviours of a child until when I turned 11 and things shaped me into becoming the woman I am today.
Growing up I had a couple of skin related issues, I had this fungal infection where white spots would appear all over my chest and back.
A dermat suggested I put an oil (I can’t remember the name) and stand in the sun for the infection to wear off.
It worked like magic!
So, one morning I woke up, I’m brushing my teeth and I see a faint white spot on my forehead.
I thought it was because I hadn’t de-wormed in a while and they were appearing (common occurrence when you’re a kid).
Drank the deworming syrup and prayed that the spot went away the next day; it only grew bigger.
My dermat thought it was the fungal infection spreading onto my face and asked me to do the same procedure again. Vitiligo was very under researched at that point.
The thing with vitiligo is, it burns when you’re underneath the sun without protection.
My skin barrier was so weak, the vitiligo spread a lot faster and wider.
After maybe a week or two the doctor broke the news to us, this strange spot is called Vitiligo.

 

Right after the summer I got diagnosed with Vitiligo, I was entering 6th grade. There was a division of sections and my friends weren’t in my class with white patches seen on my face I honestly had no idea how I’d cope, seems silly but I was so nervous.
I went to school for a week without makeup and I remember one of the “popular” guys pointed at my face and laughed to his friends and said, “what’s that on your face?” This friend who got separated from me in another section stood up for me and said leave her alone.
I remember this instance so clearly, her name is Tine (@tina_lakhani_) I’m not sure if you remember this but I do to this day. Thank you💖
Anyway, I went to the dermat and told her it is too hard for me to survive without covering this, please help me find a cure.
She took out a palette of @kryolanindia derma colour and matched my skin with the shades available.
She said this was completely safe to use, at that time derma colour was only available in Chennai in this store called Angel store and one tint store in Commerical street.
They would always be out of stock because the product was imported.
So I started wearing a shade 3 times darker than my skin to cover the duality of my skin colour.
This shade was too orange and people proceeded to be mean and called me “orange face”, “mask” and one incident when a really close friend said, “so, you smear poop on your face because that’s what it looks like!”
Tbh, I can’t fully remember how i dealt with it and I never really complained about anything back then, I guess everything comes into focus when you grow older.
There’s this insight I never really share in interviews because it was the deepest desire I had and it showed.
I would get this recurring dream where I’d be crying because of my vitiligo and I would stand in front of a mirror and just peel off the vitiligo like a sticker, I’d think oh that was so dumb it was just a sticker, I’m “normal”.
These dreams stopped occurring once I accepted my skin, I’m still working on accepting my body.