I just wanna say THANK YOU to everyone who took time to comment and message me such kind words, it's appreciated and you have no idea the love my heart feels right now for each and everyone of you 🌹I don't think it's hit me yet, still shocked right now. You guys don't know how much this means to me 💕💕💕 #vitiligo
Ashley Soto suffers from vitiligo, a disorder that causes her skin to lose pigment in patches. She was diagnosed at age 12 and soon after, she was bullied, asked if she "showered with bleach" and forced to cover up her skin in embarrassment.
However, she's not only done with hiding her vitiligo, she's now embracing it by turning her body into a piece of art, and bringing a positive message to millions in the process.
Ashley told the Daily Mail, "I never realized how beautiful my vitiligo was until I traced it with a black marker, it really helps to bring out the different colors of my skin. I was always trying to find a way to look at my skin in a positive light, I couldn't do that before starting this. Now what others would perceive as an imperfection I have made into something more beautiful and made it more accepted than before."
Paint chronicles 🎨 It was fun being her canvas. Everyone is art, not everyone sees it but with time you will. Confidence doesn't happen with a switch it takes time and you can get there if you just start believing it. Believe you are beautiful. Believe you're worth it. Believe that those quirks that make you who you are is what makes you different. Remember to always stay #bodypositive 🦋
Tried something different this time and I absolutely fell in love 🏁 seeing the different kind of art you can create with what others perceive as "imperfections" is mind blowing to me. Everytime I do #markerchronicles I fall in love more and more with what I was chosen to carry. It isn't about being black or white because we're all human, we all feel the same emotions within and we all carry hearts that's what makes us the same.
I get stretch marks just like everyone else regardless of if I have a skin condition or not. I go through all the same struggles you all go through that's why I preach self love so much. I don't care if I have to repeat myself in every caption to love who you are regardless if you have tiger stripes, #vitiligo, or whatever the case may be. I'll sound like a broken record each time because at least someone reminded you to appreciate and love yourself unconditionally always 🎨🌎❤
Ashley said in one of her posts, "The human body is the best work of art there is. I want to keep creating art for you angels." Be sure to follow Ashley on Instagram to see her latest amazing pictures.