31 March

SPOTLIGHT ON ANNELINR MATHIBA

we asked he beautiful Anneline Mathiba to tell us why she loves fashion and modelling.
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She said I am an actress, a  runway and photography model. The reason I love fashion is that fashion is creative, expressive and diverse. As a model you get to wear different types of outfits from different designers.
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That’s the best part about being a model is that when you wear an outfit there’s a story behind each outfit you walk or pose in. Each designer has one specific outfit they’d tell a story behind the reason why it’s called a certain name or why it’s designed in a certain way.
Anneline Mathiba, albino model, model with albinism, PWA, albino, albinism, #BeyondTheComplexion, OAM Foundation, Onome Akinlolu Majaro Foundation, albino foundation, albino foundation in Nigeria
So as a model you get to live the story of that outfit e.g. designers want you to walk in a certain way to sell/represent their clothing line or brand. Fashion is everyday life, it can be vintage it can be cultural, etc. That is why I love Fashion.
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She also talked about living with albinism.
Living with Albinism growing up especially in High School was an amazing experience. I had white friends who accepted me for who I am and never questioned the way I carried myself. Instead my own black people would find everything wrong about me. Especially the way I carried myself, they had a problem with that. In my family I was the “Egg” of the family especially being the only girl amongst my brothers. My family values me a lot. My brother and I are both living with Albinism. I have an older brother who doesn’t have Albinism. I’ve never felt any different in my family I’ve always been loved and protected.
Anneline Mathiba, albino model, model with albinism, PWA, albino, albinism, #BeyondTheComplexion, OAM Foundation, Onome Akinlolu Majaro Foundation, albino foundation, albino foundation in Nigeria
When I was crowned Miss Atteridgeville 2010 a lot of people claimed that I was crowned due to pity and that the judge’s did me a favour, because I have Albinism. It felt very unfair because I was a young girl too I didn’t understand what the fuss was about. It was as though I was not capable of achieving things by myself.
Anneline Mathiba, albino model, model with albinism, PWA, albino, albinism, #BeyondTheComplexion, OAM Foundation, Onome Akinlolu Majaro Foundation, albino foundation, albino foundation in Nigeria
Now there’s many of us who are talented and we prove people wrong and break stereotypes. Being part of a stage play about Albinism Awareness made me even more proud of who I am. It even made appreciate my Albinism Beauty,  because it’s unique.
Anneline Mathiba, albino model, model with albinism, PWA, albino, albinism, #BeyondTheComplexion, OAM Foundation, Onome Akinlolu Majaro Foundation, albino foundation, albino foundation in Nigeria
I am a young black woman with Albinism and I’m proud of it!

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