To Make Children More Confident In Their Own Skin, Artist Kay Black Makes Vitiligo Dolls
March 12th, 2019 / 5:19 PM
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In today’s world, where everybody talks about self-acceptance and being confident in your own skin, the first thing that we notice in a person is their physical appearance. People like to flaunt their spotless and scar-less skin, but what about the ones with skin diseases. Vitiligo is such a skin disease, that causes pigmentation on the skin.
To make children more confident in their own skin, Kay Black, an artist, makes unique Vitiligo dolls for children who are suffering from the disease. Kay Customs makes customised Vitiligo dolls for kids with this rare skin disease. Kay Black paints different patterns on dolls in order to make them look like people who have Vitiligo. The patterns are inspired by people who have such skin condition. This makes them relate more with the dolls.
Everyone is beautiful
Vitiligo occurs when pigment-producing cells die or stop functioning. There is an occurrence of white or light-coloured patches on skin. It causes loss of natural skin colour.
According to The Epoch Times, Kay Black was inspired by Winnie Harlow, a Canadian model who has vitiligo. Harlow stepped into the spotlight in America’s Next Top Model in 2014 and has never let the condition prevent her from pursuing her dreams.
Kay is a nail and hair artist, but she gets inspiration from everyday people. Her inclination towards pursuing something creative and unique motivates her to make customised dolls with Vitiligo. However, Kay has also taken a step further to make dolls with other skin conditions like freckles and albinism.
It takes a duration of a few days to one week to make these dolls. Kay Black gets dolls from thrift stores and yard sales. She sells her unique and creative dolls through Instagram.
The idea behind this is to make kids proud of who they are. Kay Black is being appreciated by people on social media for her efforts to create something out of ordinary lives of extraordinary people. Her efforts are making people with skin conditions such as freckles and Vitiligo feel more confident about themselves.
Written by : Shrishti Verma (Intern)
Edited by : Poorbita Bagchi