Albinism is characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes due to absence or defect of an enzyme involved in the production of melanin. You would be surprised how many people take to being ignorant because they are naive about what it is. One day on my random YouTube video surfing, I came across a confident young lady explaining what Albinism is in an attempt to defend herself from the ignorant comments she received on her YouTube channel. She is a natural-haired beauty & fashion video blogger that’s not afraid to get in front of the camera. Her motto, “I am Albino, and I love it”. I contacted Tiffinie, here is her story…
Being albino really doesn’t affect me as it used to when I was younger. I have learned to deal and adore the way God made me. When people meet me, their first impression of me is that I am shy and quiet. Little do they know I am comfortable in my own skin. Believe it or not, my confidence emerges from insecurities and being bullied in school. There were days that I hated going to school just to encounter the mean comments kids would throw at me. Then one day, I looked in the mirror. I said to my reflection, “You are beautiful and don’t let anyone tell you different. God put you on this earth to serve a purpose like everyone else”. I say that whenever I feel uncertain or discouraged. It works wonders for me.
The reason behind my posting a YouTube video specifically explaining the definition of Albinism was to educate people on what it is, not what society portrays it to be. The video also answers a lot of questions and comments I receive on a daily basis. Many coming from people who don’t know what Albinism is, and therefore they assume or make false statements about it. Everyday I face the constant negative remarks on YouTube and Twitter. I choose to rise above the things people say and how they feel about me. I can’t change the way I look but, I know I can turn my situation in to a positive and make it work for me.
I have a YouTube channel dedicated to makeup and fashion [Tiffinie91]. I don’t use much on my skin because it is sensitive but when I do I use Murad from Sephora. I follow up with moisturizer (Cetaphil). In high school my skin used to breakout like crazy. I used everything, and I even tried proactive. Finally my mother took me to the dermatologist for monthly treatments. My skin cleared up so fast. I was happy! Cleaning your makeup brushes is just as important as your skin care regimen because bacteria can build up and cause breakouts. I try to do it at least twice per week
I went natural in November 2011. I told my hair stylist to cut off my relaxed ends. It was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. I was tired of the constant four week touch ups and the irritating burns resulting from the creamy crack (laughs). I have embraced my kinky curls, as well as who I am, and I’m not looking back. Thank you for allowing me to share my story with you.Thank you for sharing your story Tiffinie