‘There is more to me than my skin’

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● Model Re­filwe Modis­elle says she is proud of be­ing an icon for al­binism but has asked the in­dus­try to see who she is “be­yond my skin”.

“I think what many don’t grasp is the ir­ri­ta­tion of be­ing asked to par­tic­i­pate in al­binism dy­nam­ics where we are grouped,” she said on her In­sta­gram ac­count.

“I get that I’ve be­come a great ex­am­ple to those that find in­spi­ra­tion and I’m proud of be­ing that icon … but I’m very tired of be­ing re­quested for work en­gage­ments be­cause there’s an in­ter­view or show where some­one suc­cess­ful with al­binism is re­quired for con­tent to sell.”

Modis­elle said she did not want to be of­fered a job only be­cause of her al­binism.

The tele­vi­sion host ques­tioned in­te­gra­tion in the in­dus­try and said she wished peo­ple would un­der­stand she was more than her skin.

“If my suc­cess was at­trib­uted to my al­binism then ev­ery other per­son would make it‚ don’t you think? And that’s not the case. You are still you‚ be­yond what your looks are.

“Some­thing more has to ac­count for what you of­fer. I’ve worked damned hard to get to where I am and still main­tain that ethos.”

— TshisaLIVE

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