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Albinism beauties who defied stigma to stage catwalk - 10 months ago, 14 June 00:11

George Ogola

Loyce Lihanda, the reigning Miss Albinism Kenya, has refused to let the colour of her skin hold her back and in effect triumphed over prejudice.

She shares her journey to her prestigious achievement, recounting the setbacks early in life that included fellow pupils flocking to feel her skin in bemusement.

Loyce recalls that growing up with the condition was not easy, as it came with its fair share of challenges.

Born in a family of five and being the third born, she says her siblings were very supportive and did not discriminate against her.

“Trouble only started when I joined primary school, where other pupils would come and touch my skin and hair because of the unique colour,” recalls the beauty queen.

She says this made her develop low self-esteem, which eventually affected her grades. Additionally, she says, most teachers at the school were not familiar with her condition, and ...
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