One source claims the 18-year-old was actually bullied for being there -- apparently not everyone thought she earned the right to walk the shows!
The insider spilled:
As an albino model, Thando Hopa doesn't have it easy.
The South African beauty constantly has to fight negative perceptions of her looks in the already picky modeling industry, and she has to deal with terrible treatment and loads of prejudice in everyday life as well.
In Africa, numerous misconceptions about people with albinism are taken as fact, including the belief that killing an albino person will bring someone good luck and lots of money.
Some people even believe that sleeping with an albino person will also result in becoming rich and well-off.
"Right now I'm known as Thando the model with albinism. I want there eventually to be a day when I am known not as someone with albinism, but just as Thando. I want to make a difference, and not just one about perception. I want practical help for those with albinism so they get help buying suncream and help with their eyesight."
A beautiful goal for a beautiful person!
Watch the video (above) to see Thando in action and learn more about albinism!