I've been asked what I look for when street style hunting.
It's a bit difficult to explain, but one thing I know for sure is I don't go looking for labels or the overly flamboyant dressers. When you're too obvious, you're obvious.
I know for sure that I'm looking for individual expression and not sheep-like follow follow dressing. I'm definitely drawn to subtle style, and if it comes with a sparkle in the eyes, then hello there!
There was a time when our dark skin was not so celebrated; when the darker you were, the more likely you were to get the short end of the stick at school, at work, at play...at life really.
And here we are today...in all our melanin glory.
Black and proud.
And I love it.
But I also love the skin on those with an absence of melanin. Those with varying levels of albinism.
I won't pretend I'm not aware of the silly stigma surrounding albinos.
I was sad to read a report of a study conducted in Nigeria on albino children by the South Africa Medical Journal, which stated that "they
experienced alienation, avoided social interactions and were less
emotionally stable. Furthermore, affected individuals were less likely
to complete schooling, find employment, and find partners".
I don't understand why there are no Instagram accounts celebrating the unique beauty of albinos (I checked, not one exists). I don't understand the social and cultural challenges they have to face in Africa. Makes no sense.
To be honest, melanin or the lack thereof, should not define anyone's beauty, status or opportunities.
Let's cut the long story short.
This lovely lady intrigued me. Carriage like she could own the darn world.