Say hello to your new body-confidence inspiration!
Ash Soto was diagnosed with vitiligo at 12 years old, and endured endless bullying because of her “spotty” skin condition.
She recalls being taunted and being called names for how she looked, when she had no control over it:
“I’ve been called cow, I even was once told I had Michael Jackson syndrome. How can an innocent girl trying to find herself take that? When life gives you lemons what do you do? Make the best of it. No, I wasn’t born with it, I grew into it which was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through. But now I look back and I’m happy that I went through it because I wouldn’t be as strong as I am today.”
Now the 21-year-old has embraced herself and even gone a step further to turn her condition into a work of art!
Ash not only shares revealing selfies to show off her uniqueness, but also ingeniously traces around the patches to turn them into body paintings!
In the process, she’s proved that our differences are what make us special AND she’s raised awareness for vitiligo. This will hopefully in turn help other little girls with the same condition feel better about themselves.
Not only that, but she pairs her photos with empowering messages as well, writing:
“I’ll always keep reminding you that you are beautiful I’ll keep telling you every chance I get because I remember always needing that person to push me and to encourage me to keep fighting for self love and I want to be that person for all of you. I don’t post just to post, I want you angels to benefit from the content I put out, to learn something. To realize that you are a canvas that’s ready to be painted beautifully. Don’t ever give up.”
In short, she’s pretty fucking awesome!
Ch-ch-check her out (below)!
Thinking about starting my own YouTube channel so I can connect with you angels on a different level. I try to put myself out there for you all in all my captions and I think this would be a great way for you to get to know me and actually hearing my words would get through to you more. What do you think? ├ó┼í┬í├»┬╕┬Å├░┼╕ΓÇó┼á├░┼╕┼Æ┬╣├░┼╕┼Æ╦åA post shared by Ash Soto (@radiantbambi) on Jan 27, 2017 at 6:22pm PST
I am my own experiment, I am my own work of art. The girl with the world painted on her body ├░┼╕┼Æ┼╜ By being yourself and embracing it only makes you put something amazing in the world that wasn’t there and that makes you unique ├ó┬¡┬É├»┬╕┬Å credits to @torpe.ternura for making me her canvas ├░┼╕ΓÇö┬╛A post shared by Ash Soto (@radiantbambi) on Feb 13, 2017 at 5:03pm PST
The human body is the best work of art there is ├░┼╕ΓÇó┼á I want to keep creating art for you angels, so I want to know what you’d like to see next? Give me suggestions and I’ll choose the one I like the most and I’ll do that one next ├ó┬¡┬É├»┬╕┬Å├░┼╕┼╜┬¿A post shared by Ash Soto (@radiantbambi) on Feb 20, 2017 at 6:41pm PST
Starry night ├ó┬¡┬É├»┬╕┬Å├ó┼ô┬¿├ó┬¡┬É├»┬╕┬Å Remember you are MAGIC. Don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle. Let that sparkle from within shine brightly on the outside with confidence, self love, and positivity. Be proud to wear YOU #vitiligo ├░┼╕┼ÆΓÇóA post shared by Ash Soto (@radiantbambi) on Feb 28, 2017 at 8:18am PST
Rock on, girl!
[Image via Ash Soto/Instagram.]