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Photographer With Vitiligo Captures Stunning Photos of Women With The Same Condition

There is no known cause or cure for Vitiligo and it affects people of all ages, ethnicity and color.

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(TMU) – Vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder where the skin’s melanin (color pigment cells) are lost or destroyed. As a result, white patches start appearing on the skin in one area or all over the body. Patches may join together with time, creating larger patches. Hair, on the head and body, can also be affected.

There is no known cause or cure for Vitiligo and it affects people of all ages, ethnicity and color. Although not proven, Vitiligo may have an autoimmune or genetic link as it sometimes ‘runs in families’. While not affecting physical health, vitiligo can lead to serious psychological, social and emotional problems and impact the quality of life considerably in this regard.

Photographer Elisabeth Van Aalderen graduated from the ‘Utrecht School of Arts’ and after working in the photography department of ‘Fotovakschool’ in Amsterdam for a year, she then worked in the fashion industry as a stylist and art director. Eventually, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a photographer and never looked back.

At the age of 25, Elisabeth developed vitiligo and struggled to accept the fact that there is no cure. Of the early days, she said:

“I started to get tiny white spots on my left hand. After a few weeks, the small spots turned into one bigger spot. That’s when it all started. Today, 60% of my skin is covered in vitiligo.

“When I was diagnosed, I started skin therapy: creams, lightening-therapy, a gluten-free diet, a vegetarian diet, no sun, a lot of sun, yoga. You name it, I tried it all.

“Nothing worked. Eventually, I stopped these treatments because I didn’t want my life to be like that. I couldn’t change the fact that I have vitiligo, so I started to embrace it.”

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Throwback to this shoot with power woman Charlotte @dotted_dots. Developing vitiligo around 16 years old, she went trough a rough time. Luckily the bullies didn’t get to her in the long run. Now she is more confident than ever, proudly showing off her skin. I wish I could be as confident as her. A true inspiration. Make up by the lovely @xiuyun.yu Special thanks to @dma_models — If you want to get featured in this series, send me a DM, or press the link in bio. #photoshoot #elisabethva #love #lucky #selfacceptance #photography #vitiligo #vitiligomodel #model #vitiligoworld #showUs #vitiligogirl #vitiligopride #vitiligonation #vitiligoawareness #vitiligobeauty #vitiligopeople #vitiligolove #vitiligoproud #photooftheday #livingdappled #afvitiligo

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By accepting and embracing vitiligo, ultimately enabled Elizabeth to help other women embrace the skin they’re in with her photography series Shades of Pale.

A few years ago, Elizabeth was approached by a girl who told her: “I really love your skin, it’s like your own unique tattoo. You should be proud.’’

This random comment inspired her Shades of Pale photography series focused on people with vitiligo.

Many people don’t know what vitiligo is, despite the fact that 60 million people worldwide live with the condition, Elizabeth aims to change that by creating awareness through her Shades of Pale series.

“During my day-to-day job as a photographer, people asked me a lot of questions about my skin. This made me wonder: why not use these two experiences, photography and my skin condition? Photography is [a wonderful way] to document and celebrate the vitiligo body. It is an ode to its beauty and uniqueness.”

Elisabeth explains why she believes there’s a reason she developed the skin condition: “It’s my biggest and most difficult journey of self-acceptance.”

“I also want to tell the story of strong women that celebrate their beauty which, in this case, distinguishes them from others. I want to portray women who embrace their skin. I don’t want people to look at vitiligo as something ‘out of the box’.

“When it comes to beauty, I believe there is no box. All types of beauty need to be inclusive. Beauty can be whatever you want it to be.”

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Thursday the 26th of March there will be a small exhibition at Brinkhuis Laren. Most definitely this one of Padminie will be part of it. Put it in your calendar as more info will follow soon! Beautiful @padminie.gajadhar 🌗 such a gracious and powerful woman. I am so grateful she let me take her picture. —- Makeup by @muahsalma —- If you want to get featured in this series, send me a DM, or press the link in bio. —- #photoshoot #elisabethva #love #lucky #selfacceptance #photography #vitiligo #vitiligomodel #model #monki #monkistyle #yesmonkistyle #vitiligoworld #showUs #vitiligogirl #vitiligopride #vitiligonation #vitiligoawareness #vitiligo beauties #vitiligopeople #vitiligolove #vitiligoproud #photooftheday #afvitiligo

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“I have photographed women from all over the world who come in all kinds of shapes and colors,” she said. “The ages differ from 20 to 50 years old. For them, this experience wasn’t only a way of expressing themselves creatively. It has also been incredibly therapeutic.”

Beautiful as the women featured in her series are, around 90 percent have never been photographed showing their skin in quite this way.

“They really stepped out of their comfort zone. It feels very rewarding that the photoshoot contributed to their self-confidence,” Elisabeth elaborated. “For many women I have portrayed, it was a process of healing and acceptance.”

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Tonight ill be at the radio show ‘Met het oog op morgen’ @nporadio1 @nos to talk about my project ‘SHADES OF PALE’. Tune in at 23:00! Beautiful @padminie.gajadhar 🌗 such a gracious and powerful woman. I am so grateful she let me take her picture. —- Makeup by @muahsalma —- If you want to get featured in this series, send me a DM, or press the link in bio. —- #photoshoot #elisabethva #love #lucky #selfacceptance #photography #vitiligo #vitiligomodel #model #monki #monkistyle #yesmonkistyle #vitiligoworld #showUs #vitiligogirl #vitiligopride #vitiligonation #vitiligoawareness #vitiligo beauties #vitiligopeople #vitiligolove #vitiligoproud #photooftheday #afvitiligo #methetoogopmorgen #npo1 #nos

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“It is wonderful that there is such a big community on social media which has made me able to connect with all these beautiful individuals. It has been such a positive journey, for me and for the ones I portrayed.”

While there still is no real cure for vitiligo, the best fix would surely be for society to accept that we are all different and embrace the unique beauty brought on by the condition.

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Nirvana Sued by Baby on ‘Nevermind’ Cover, Who Alleges He Was ‘Sexual Exploitation’ Victim

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The man who was depicted naked underwater as an infant in Nirvana’s iconic 1991 album “Nevermind” has sued the band, alleging that he was a victim of child pornography.

The lawsuit is likely to be a longshot, considering that non-sexualized photographs of infants aren’t considered child pornography by law.

However, Elden – whose penis was exposed in the image – argues that the image is tantamount to sexual abuse and exploitation. His lawyer, Robert Y. Lewis, claims that the fact that he appears to be chasing the dollar makes him appear to be “like a sex worker.”

Elden now launched legal action against the band’s surviving members and the estate of late frontman Kurt Cobain, whose executor is Courtney Love.

The lawsuit states: “The permanent harm he has proximately suffered includes but is not limited to extreme and permanent emotional distress with physical manifestations, interference with his normal development and educational progress, lifelong loss of income earning capacity, loss of past and future wages, past and future expenses for medical and psychological treatment, loss of enjoyment of life, and other losses to be described and proven at trial of this matter.”

The lawsuit, whose documents were seen by TMZ and Pitchfork, further argues that Elden has suffered “lifelong damages” and that members of Nirvana “knowingly benefitted from their participation” in his “commercial sexual exploitation.”

Continuing, the suit argues that neither he nor his parents authorized “the use of any images of Spencer or of his likeness, and certainly not of commercial child pornography depicting him.”

The child ended up on the album cover after photographer Kirk Weddle convinced his father to allow it. The photos were taken at an Olympic size pool at the Pasadena Aquatic Center in California in 1992.

The family was paid $250 for the image, Entertainment Weekly reported at the time.

Elden had seemingly lived much of his life proud of his association with the album and has since recreated the image as an adult and even gotten the logo for “Nevermind” tattooed on his chest.

Since then, however, he has vocally complained of his relationship to the album.

Speaking to GQ Australia in 2016, he said:

“Recently I’ve been thinking, ‘What if I wasn’t OK with my freaking penis being shown to everybody?’ I didn’t really have a choice.”

He also claims that women have dumped him after finding out that he wasn’t earning royalties from the hit album, whose tracks have spent an enormous amount of time at the top of sales charts.

However, in a 2015 interview he also claimed to have greatly benefited from the image.

“It is a weird thing to get my head around, being part of such a culturally iconic image,” he said in an interview with the Guardian.

“But it’s always been a positive thing and opened doors for me. I’m 23 now and an artist, and this story gave me an opportunity to work with Shepard Fairey for five years, which was an awesome experience,” he added, referring to the Obey designer. “He is a huge music connoisseur: when he heard I was the Nirvana baby, he thought that was really cool.”

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Neptune, the Roman God of Water, ‘Emerges’ From Waves in Photo During UK Storm

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If we were to believe our eyes, it would seem that the ancient Roman god of water himself made an appearance on the shores of New Haven, England, on a day of especially rough surf.

What appears to be the “face” of Neptune was captured on Tuesday when photographer Jeff Overs of the BBC was taking photos of waves crashing over the harbor wall in the port city.

Of course, one is free to believe that the ferocious deity emanated from the depths of the sea to remind us puny humans of his wrath.

But alas, it was likely a simple example of pareidolia – the phenomenon of seeing faces and figures in otherwise random or ambiguous everyday objects.

The photographer snapped the shot amid high tide and winds exceeding 50 miles per hour (80km/h), namely because of the violent nature of the shore.

“It’s become a popular location for photographers because the sea ‘boils’ in high wind against the sea wall,” Overs explained.

“The waves splash into the high wind and when blown back occasionally make patterns that look like ghoulish faces.”

Overs added that one of the small foreground waves even resembles a hand – albeit a pareidolic one.

“It’s a straight shot and I haven’t manipulated the image at all,” he added.

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Bill Cosby’s Release From Prison Prompts Strong Mixed Reactions from Hollywood

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The shock overturning of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction elicited a range of mixed reactions on Wednesday, with some greeting the release of the 83-year-old comedian and others sharply denouncing it.

On Wednesday afternoon, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ordered Cosby to be freed from prison after overturning his 2018 conviction for aggravated indecent assault.

One of the first to greet the news was Phylicia Rashad, Cosby’s co-star on The Cosby Show who played Clair Huxtable, the wife of Cosby’s iconic character Cliff Huxtable. In a Twitter post that was sent out minutes after the initial report, Rashad was ecstatic.

“Finally!!!!” she tweeted. “A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!”

Following a backlash from Twitter users, she later tweeted:

“I fully support survivors of sexual assault coming forward. My post was in no way intended to be insensitive to their truth. Personally, I know from friends and family that such abuse has lifelong residual effects. My heartfelt wish is for healing.”

Attorney Lisa Banks, who has represented a number of prominent clients in sexual harassment and abuse cases, offered her own take on the release in an interview.

“Certainly the optics of this are terrible,” Banks said. “But the message has to be very clear and simple — that this was a mistake by prosecutors, a very unusual one and a technicality that is unlikely to happen again.”

Talk show host and Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera blamed “mob” justice for Cosby’s conviction in his own Twitter post.

“Told you so on Bill Cosby,” Rivera wrote. “He was convicted by a court so tainted by public opinion and social pressure that it allowed obviously prejudicial evidence and improper witnesses. He may be a bad guy, but in this case, he was railroaded by the mob.”

However, a number of female celebrities expressed their disturbance and anger over the “sickening” release of Cosby.

“I know many young women and men who are so afraid to press charges against their rapist and Re traumatize themselves I am heartbroken today to hear of the news of Cosby’s release,” tweeted actress Rosanna Arquette. “This is sickening. My heart is with my sister survivors. We have work to do.”

While comedian Kathy Griffin said that the release sent the wrong signal to women suffering sexual abuse, asking: “WHEN will things get better for women and girls regarding sexual assault, sexism, misogyny, and ageism? What will it take? So discouraged.”

Rapper Ice T posted a photoshopped image of a yoked out Bill Cosby covered in tattoos and posing with the caption: “SMH…

50 Cent threw caution and nuance to the wind in outright celebrating Cosby’s release, referring to the elderly actor’s critics as hoe’s in a since-deleted Instagram post of a Jell-O pudding pops ad with the caption:  “My son Bill beat that case, These hoe’s be tripping. LOL check out FOR LIFE on IMDb Tv now!”

Meanwhile, Indiana hip hop artist Freddie Gibbs kept his message simple, noting that accused sex trafficker and R&B star R. Kelly would be “definitely calling Bill Cosby lawyers right now.”

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