She Used A Marker And Turned Her Vitiligo Into A Beautiful Map.
"I couldn't believe that something I was hiding for so long would be OK to people," she told SELF.
Consequently, Soto puts a lot of thought into every photo she uploads. "It's not just about posting—I try to say a little story or something I've been through in each post," she says.
Soto also began the, "Marker Chronicles," on her Instagram account.
She uses a marker to trace the vitiligo patches on her body, using her body as the canvas to her art to create some pretty cool looking maps. "Sometimes I think my vitiligo is painted on like a map from another dimension," she admits. She made creations on her body like The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh and a woodland creature, among others.
Her body art has also allowed her to embrace her condition even further.
"I never realized how beautiful my vitiligo was until I traced it with a black marker, it really helps to bring out the different colours of my skin. I was always trying to find a way to look at my skin in a positive light, I couldn't do that before starting this," Soto says. "Now what others would perceive as an imperfection I have made into something more beautiful and made it more accepted than before."
Her map art encouraged others with vitiligo to do the same on themselves.
Soto says the experience has been "so eye-opening and exciting for me that people were actually doing this...To this day, I still can't believe I have the following I have just for putting myself out there and trying to inspire other girls to feel comfortable."
It's been a long road of acceptance for Soto, who contemplated suicide as a teen.
It was not until she came to realize that vitiligo was something she was going to have forever and it became a question about living her life to the fullest regardless of her condition.
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