Shankar Jalota has the same skin condition as model Winnie Harlow – called vitiligo. While he was ashamed of it throughout his teens, attempting to dress up and hide it as much as he could, as he grew up, he learned to embrace his uniqueness and even enjoy it. He made a career out it if, one that he believes in – Jalota is a spokesperson for positive body image.
Winnie Harlow and Shankar Jalota aren’t just international models, but ambassadors and role models as well. Thanks to them, awareness of vitiligo is growing, and people learn to accept what’s different from them. Biologically, it’s easier for us to like and understand people who look and sound like us, but these models are teaching our society to accept people in all shapes and colors.