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A woman who suffers from prominent vitiligo has proudly posed naked for a photo shoot, in a celebration of her body.
Kannagi Shanbag, 26, from Auckland, New Zealand, developed the skin condition, which is characterised by patches of the skin losing its pigment, at the age of 16 and has lived with it for her adult life.
Ms Shanbag, who grew up in India before spending time in London and then settling in New Zealand, told Daily Mail Australia that developing vitiligo had changed her ‘completely’.
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‘It first started as a small patch on my leg and on my face, on the right side of my chin,’ she said. ‘I went to a bunch of doctors and tried a bunch of different medical things, laser treatment, UV light, homoeopathy, steroids, creams, some random homemade things, but it just kept spreading.’
By the time Ms Shanbag was in the 12th grade at school, her patches had drastically increased.
‘It did affect me,’ she said, revealing she had therapy at one point ‘just so I could figure out stuff for myself’.
Ms Shanbag said she went from being part of a ‘popular’ group to suddenly having her confidence knocked.
‘Vitiligo has changed me completely,’ she said. ‘I have learnt to be kind and humble towards people.’
At one point Ms Shanbag said she felt like she couldn’t be who she was around people – especially boys.
‘I used to wear make-up to cover up the patches but once it grew there was no hiding all of it.
I didn’t wear skirts for a long, long time because I thought people would judge,’ she said, revealing that after the age of 18 the patches began spreading more rapidly.
Ms Shanbag said moving from India to the UK for a period of time helped her become more confident.
‘People didn’t stare as much as they do in India. Also, people in India can be kind of abrasive when they ask questions about my vitiligo.
So I think London made a huge difference,’ she said. ‘I learnt when I was in London, that if I’m OK with who I am then people generally tend to be chilled as well.’
Ms Shanbag met her partner Parth Mehta – a photographer who lived in the US – when he was visiting family in India. Now the couple has settled in New Zealand.
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‘I met my partner in Bombay at a bar, but we were friends for about six months, and then I suppose things just grew,’ Ms Shanbag said. ‘He loves my spots, he hates it when I wear makeup; “you don’t need all that you are so beautiful”, is what he says.’
Mr Mehta, who is two years Ms Shanbag’s junior, has given her a diamond ‘promise’ ring to show his love.
When he wanted to do some photographs to promote body confidence, Ms Shanbag, whose hands and feet are almost completely white, as is 40 per cent of her torso, offered to pose for a picture that ‘shows it all’.
She said the resulting photograph was a celebration of her body, but added; ‘I’m always a bit conscious about my skin regardless of how brave I am.
I still have that one per cent in me or a voice that says “why did I have to get the spots”. But it was something I had been wanting to do so I could feel no restraint regarding my inhibitions.’
Someone Ms Shanbag can relate to is Canadian fashion model Winnie Harlow – who also celebrates the white patches of her skin that are caused by vitiligo.
‘A lot of women on Instagram credit her for their confidence,’ Ms Shanbag said. ‘I think she’s amazing for making people aware of it… but for me, I started feeling that confidence a long time ago. I’m super proud of who am I am.’
Ms Shanbag has the following advice for those who are less confident about the skin they are in.
‘Go talk to someone that’s objective, not your mum or sister because they will always love you but gain that from someone that doesn’t know you and won’t judge.
‘Sometimes it gets hard, even for me,’ she said, adding, ‘Cry! I love crying… it just helps me deal with what I go through, but there are a handful of people that you know and that love you no matter what.’
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