Albino Models So Mesmerizing You’ll Be Thinking About Them All Day.
Throughout history, cultures around the world have held beliefs around people born with albinism. The long-held views ranged; from the idea that these individuals posses magical, healing powers, it’s contagious, a curse, albinos are unintelligent, and albinos are evil. These dumb-founded ways of thinking have exposed the albino population to abuse, discrimination, violence, and even death.
Albinism is a genetic condition that has a reduced amount of melanin pigment in the skin, eyes, and hair. According to the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH), in the United States there is one person with albinism for every 18,000 to 20,000. In some parts of the world, the numbers are higher.
Still, those born with this condition are often ridiculed and grow up believing they are less than beautiful. Yulia Taits wants to change that erroneous perception by showcasing their natural good looks through her series Porcelain Beauty.
The Israeli-based photographer uses plain white background to photograph children, women, and men born with albinism.
She uses a white background, apparel, and props for a reason. To showcase that even in albinism there are degrees of white.
She also dispels the myth that everyone with albinism has red eyes.
In reality, albinos have blue, green, hazel, and brown eyes. Certain lights reveal the blood vessels in the back of the eye, thus, creating the "red eye" effect.
"This beauty is so pure and amazing for me, as if it was taken from fantasies and fairy tale legends," explains Taits.
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