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!!!

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