This Model Couldn’t Look in the Mirror Without Crying—Now She’s Going Public With Her Secret

This model hid behind a covering of makeup for years, but she just went public to show the world her real beauty.

Breanne Rice is a former model from Arizona, and she just shared a secret she’s been hiding for years.

At age 19, Breanne was diagnosed with vitiligo, a rare disorder that lightens the skin’s pigment. The disorder didn’t impact Breanne’s feet, arms or back—only her face—so she’s been covering up for years.

Until now…

At 19, I was diagnosed with vitiligo, and it spread rapidly causing me to lose over half of the pigment on my face. Yeah. Not the bottom of my foot or my arm..but ONLY on my face. I got really good at doing my makeup, and I didn’t want anyone to know about it. I couldn’t look in the mirror without crying, and feeling unattractive. When I am exposed to the sun, it tans my healthy skin and leaves my vitiligo even more noticeable. It’s taken me a very long time to be able to go public with this, and to walk around publicly without any makeup. Why? Because it’s my face. Although I would like to say I am super confident and it never gets to me, sometimes it does. Some days people make comments saying “what happened to your face?!” Sometimes if I have a crush on someone I am worried about them seeing me without makeup and worry that they won’t think I’m cute. It’s like ohh hey by the way..this is the real me underneath all this. You know what though, I own it. There’s not much I can do about it. I can only love myself, and not let my circumstances define my value or self-worth. What is the definition of beautiful anyway? Is it being perfect? What do you see when you look in the mirror? Perhaps you have a circumstance or something about yourself that you are insecure about. Don’t let it define you. You deserve love, and you are beautiful ? #vitiligo #beauty #perfect #seattle #health #holistic #nutrition #inspire #encourage #love #selfworth #loveyourself #digestion #autoimmune #vitiligoselfie #vitiligolove #vitiligobeauties #healing #healthyskin #skin #pigment #inspiring #inspirational #vitiligo #love #selflove #beauty

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“It’s taken me a very long time to be able to go public with this, and to walk around publicly without any makeup. Why? Because it’s my face. Although I would like to say I am super confident and it never gets to me, sometimes it does. Some days people make comments saying “what happened to your face?!” Sometimes if I have a crush on someone I am worried about them seeing me without makeup and worry that they won’t think I’m cute. It’s like ohh hey by the way..this is the real me underneath all this. You know what though, I own it,” Breanne writes on her Instagram page.

It’s a powerful reminder—beauty goes well beyond the skin—and feeling at home in your own body, the one God gave you, is so important. Breanne’s message to anyone who struggles with insecurity, “No one can be you but YOU✨ Embrace what makes you different and unique #vitiligo.”

No one can be you but YOU✨ Embrace what makes you different and unique #vitiligo

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“Beauty does not mean perfection, it means loving yourself and being comfortable with how you are uniquely different. We are are uniquely beautiful, and no one can be YOU but YOU—so start loving yourself?”

?Good morning from Arizona! I feel so blessed to be able to wake up to this beautiful view! One of the hardest things about warm climates like this is making sure my vitiligo(which I only have on my face) doesn’t get extreme sun exposure. I have no pigment, so it will burn from sun exposure, which makes it quite painful and can be embarrassing at times. This also makes it very noticeable because I have an olive skin tone and it tans the areas around that have healthy pigment. This was hard to accept at first, but it’s what I have to do when the sun comes around. To be honest, I use to fear warm vacations because it made it nearly impossible to hide my vitiligo on my face and I’d just end up sweating it off. I’ve been enjoying this trip more than any of my other trips because I’m the most comfortable I’ve ever been being seen in public and not having “perfect” evenly pigmented skin. ? Beauty does not mean perfection, it means loving yourself and being comfortable with how you are uniquely different. We are are uniquely beautiful, and no one can be YOU but YOU–so start loving yourself?. #vitiligo #vitiligobeauty #vitiligolove #vacay #outdoors #arizona #travel #selflove #beyou #encouragement #summer #nutrition #happiness #seattle #immune #autoimmune

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“You’re not supposed to look like anyone else, or be anyone else but YOU. Embrace what makes you unique.”

It’s tough to keep up with the beauty standards our culture pushes on us every day, but who said we should play by their rules anyway?

If you struggle with body image, insecurity or your appearance—take a note from Breanne’s playbook and embrace your uniqueness. Develop inner beauty by working on your character, connecting with your Creator and loving life for what it is at this very moment—a miracle.

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