Meet Thando Hopa: A South African Albino Model Who Refuses To Be ‘Put In A Box’

Off the top of your head can you name any African model who is an albino?  Thanda Hopa, a model in South Africa  is on a mission to crush all stereotypes in relation to  albinism.

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The 26 year old who is also a lawyer, activist and aspiring poet disclosed in an interview with News 24 that…

”There are so many facets to a person, I have been dubbed a cover girl for people with albinism, but I never saw myself as that”

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Like fate would have it Thando was discovered by famous South African designer Gert Johan Coetzee while out shopping at a mall in 2012. Since then, Thando has modelled at different coveted runways as well as fashion campaigns

Gertz Johan Coetzee & Thando Hopa
Gertz Johan Coetzee & Thando Hopa

The Mzansi beauty says…

”If you are a big model, for instance, it is up to you to define that as being sexy. And if you define albinism as beautiful in the media, that is what people will take from it.”

What do you think about Thando’s story?

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