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Ykia Williams
FoundHer/ CEO

I developed keloid scarring after wounds from chickenpox.  They started small like little pimples. Over time, the scarring began to worsen, causing me torment, including bouts with low self-esteem, low self-worth, and physical challenges such as not being able to bend down or walk without pain.  After having surgery on a rather large keloid in 2016 and going through several painful shots to lessen the risk of growth, I realized that there was no 100% cure for this disease. I prayed because I am a believer in Jesus Christ. I knew that through him I would find my healing and strength. I didn't know that he would lead me to the path of starting a nonprofit. When he gave me the idea, everything just seemed to fall in place. In 2018, We started HER SKIN FOUNDATION a non-profit for minority women and that focuses on skin diseases and disorders. ​It is my hope that minority women and children are given every chance to live a healthy quality of life.

 

What makes HER SKIN FOUNDATION different from other nonprofits is that we not only provide outside resources but we are also giving you the opportunity to be strengthened in your faith. So that when you are facing rough days and resources are scarce you have your faith!

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Iomikoe Johnson
Louisiana
International Super Model
Founder of Perfectly Painted
Cosmetics

My name is Iomikoe Johnson Woods. I’m an International published Vitiligo model and an advocate for Vitiligo. I am Co-owner of the first-ever Vitiligo Black women to own a cosmetics line called Perfectly Painted Cosmetics. I got vitiligo when I was 25 years old and it changed my life!

 

(Vitiligo) is an autoimmune disorder that causes white patches to form upon the skin because the cells that make up the color of the skin die. Over 1% of the world's population has vitiligo. It bears no prejudice to race or gender anyone young or old can get vitiligo at any stage in their life.

 

I was terrified when I first found out I had vitiligo. I was scared, sad, and angry that I got it. I wore makeup for more than a decade to cover my patches I didn’t want anyone to know I had it. I feared it would turn me into a monster and no one would like me and or judge me. Until one day I met the most amazing man of  God who turned my fears and pain into unconditional love for him and myself. He encouraged me to be my true self. He gave me the confidence to love myself. He told me and showed me how incredibly beautiful I was.

 

Once I accepted whom God created me to be, I realized that I could not only love myself but I deserved to be loved and spread love and self-confidence to others. God loved me and my fellow vitiligo brothers and sisters so much he gave us two colors skin to rock!

 

I want women to know no matter what difficult task you face you can find healing and love in the midst of their pain. I’m living proof that beauty comes from within. Had I not gotten vitiligo I don’t know if I would be the person and woman I am today. It has taught me love, compassion, and understanding for others who are different. You could never understand how it feels to live in a society where being different is shunned upon! And for the life of me, I can’t understand why people feel that way! See God, he made us all unique creatures if we all looked the same that wouldn’t be fun. What makes the world beautiful is the different hues of color shapes and sizes. I love seeing people embrace their individuality and differences. It gives me such joy and hopes that we as a human race can understand that being different is beautiful.

 

I want to inspire all to know no matter what you look like you are beautiful and unique in your own way! You were born to stand out not fit in! Own who you are and embrace your imperfections they make you WHO YOU ARE!!!

Kalista Martin
Louisiana

I've been dealing with my keloids for a long time. I have several on my body from several incidents and acne is the stem result of them being on every part of my body. There are times I feel sharp stinging and itching from keloids. I find it very aggravating most of the time. It's even more aggravating when people stare and ask questions; at times it becomes unbearable. I have had very low points in my days when I didn't have the confidence and self-esteem. Sometimes self-esteem just isn't enough. When I felt like that, I would hide and try to shun myself from the world.

 

I was blessed to marry a man who was with me when I first encountered Keloids. He walked the journey with me always assuring me that I was beautiful. He passed away six years ago and it has been very difficult trying to date. So many men are more focused on how a person looks.

 

I have come to terms with my scars and I am more proud and confident than ever. While life has brought me several ups and downs, losses and gains; I am stronger and braver. I'm loving my 40s and not letting anything hold me back! So, if they don't like me, they can look the other way.

 

You never know where and when I may show up and grace the world with my presence!!!

-Kalista Martin

Tonya Mainor
Texas
HER SKIN AMBASSADOR

I am Tonya Mainor! I am strong and courageous. Many want to know where my strength comes from. My strength comes from God! I was just a little girl when I lost my mother. She was my everything. She was the one that most understood me and my condition. 

I have a condition called Neurofibromatosis, a condition that causes tumors to form in the brain, spinal cord, and nerves.  I have dealt with some rough days and at times I felt like I was alone. I would spend days crying and hurting over the loss of my mother and my condition. "If only my mother was here," those thoughts swarm my head continuously. It wasn't until I met the love of my life, Reggie Mainor, that I started to understand real love. He taught me to love by the way he loved me. He is my number 1 support on my weak days. I'm so grateful to have him in my life. Learning to love me has been the most rewarding decision that I have chosen to make daily.

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