Vitiligo Awareness: Meet Angelina Fajardo

Yoana Estrada

June is Vitiligo Awareness Month in the United States. Vitiligo is a condition that affects about 1% of the world.

It occurs when there is a loss of skin color and can affect any part of the body. In light of this month’s awareness, has joined forces to feature this rare but beautiful condition. Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and skin tones! Get to know more about  Angelina Fajardos’ planning process and her fabulous quinceanera shoot. 

Describe yourself in 3 words: 

Funny, Adventurous, and Energetic. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I’ve been playing volleyball for 3 years. I enjoy reading novels and discovering new music. I am really into photography because I love capturing memories. 

What was your favorite part of your quince? 

My favorite part of my quince was when everyone got together and we started dancing with the robot. 

How was the planning process for you? 

It was really difficult and stressful. I am such an indecisive person and a perfectionist- I wanted everything to be perfect. In the end, everything came out great and I enjoyed myself and the months of planning were well worth it. 

What advice would you give other Quinceanera‘s to-be when it comes to planning their quince?

I would advise them to plan and get ideas so they have an idea of what they truly want and to not be afraid to give their honest opinion and speak up when they don’t like something because at the end of the day it’s their special day and they will remember it for the rest of their life. 

For those who don’t know, what is Vitiligo?

Vitiligo is a lack of pigment in your skin that develops over time at any age.

What would you like to tell people with Vitiligo?

I would tell people with Vitiligo that it’s okay to be different and you should love yourself because you’re unique. It wasn’t easy growing up with my condition. I would get bullied and it took a while for me to accept it and love myself. 

What’s a message you would give to younger people?

I would tell my younger self your worries aren’t as important as you think they are, just be you. Make every day count and Love yourself. 

How do you feel about being in the magazine?

I think this is a very special opportunity for me to help others that struggle with a lack of confidence because of Vitiligo.  

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