‘There is more to me than my skin’
● 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.”