Vogue Portugal has made history by putting the first albino model on its cover, having established a new campaign to see more diversity within the magazine.
South African Model and activist Thando Hopa has posed as the fashion bible’s April cover shoot, the first woman with albinism to do so.
The April issue aimed to celebrate African skin and beauty, with Hopa taking to her Instagram page to state, “I once said to a close friend that it would really be lovely to a woman with albinism on a Vogue Cover, I would not have imagined that woman would be me. “We are the ones we have been waiting for,” I’m emotional, because I see progress and get to form part of a progressive story and narrative. I got to a place in my career where I appreciate every specimen of my body and knowing that wherever I go, my existence, the way it is, has always and will always be enough.
“Thank you for allowing me to make a footnote in history @vogueportugal… “ (sic).
The move has been applauded across social media, with comments such as, “@thandohopa You are changing the narrative of so many women all over the world #albinism #motherland #stories. We must learn to embrace the stories we born into and change the narrative so that it doesn’t become 1 sided…” (sic).